Introduction to Aboriginal Health and Health Care in Canada

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Introduction to Aboriginal Health and Health Care in Canada

SKU# 9780826117977

Bridging Health and Healing

Author: Vasiliki Douglas BSN, BA, MA, PhD


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Named a 2013 PROSE Award Winner in Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

Written by one of the leading researchers in First Nations and Inuit Health, this is the only entry-level text to address the current state of knowledge in the field of aboriginal health.The book places aboriginal health in Canada within its historical and philosophical context as it addresses social and clinical approaches to major health issues facing this population. It discusses the distinctive features of aboriginal health and healing as opposed to traditional Western medicine and why it should be studied as a discrete field.

Using the thread of cultural safety throughout, the text introduces students to health concerns facing the aboriginal population in general, with a special focus on the needs of women and children. The text provides a framework for professionals to approach aboriginal clients in a way that will both respect their worldviews and retain their own professional epistemology. Chapters are consistently formatted to include chapter objectives, case studies, critical thinking exercises, key concepts and terms, and recommended websites. The text adheres to the CASN/ANAC/CAN framework for teaching cultural competence and safety in regard to aboriginal health, and meets the needs of a curriculum that is highly recommended and will likely be required in the near future.Included with the text are an instructor’s manual, study guide, and sample exams.

Key Features:

  • Comprises the only entry-level text about aboriginal health in Canada
  • Integrates, historical, social, and clinical information along with concrete examples and relevant case studies
  • Written by a leading researcher in First Nations and Inuit Health
  • Adheres to the CASN/ANAC/CAN framework for teaching cultural competence and safety regarding aboriginal health

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 28, 2013
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826117977
  • EISBN 9780826117991

Table of Contents 


Part I - . Aboriginal Culture and Health

1. Overview of First Nations, Metis and Inuit in Canada: Understanding the Issues –

2. Western and aboriginal ways of knowing

3. Cultural Competency, Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Safety

4. Historical Overview

Part II. Aboriginal Health and the Canadian Health Care System

5. Understanding the Determinants of Health and Canada’s Native Population

6. Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition

7. Chronic and Infectious Diseases

8. Women’s and Children’s Health

9. Mental Health

10. Hybridisation of Health Care and the Way forward for Aboriginal Health

Appendix: Answers to Discussion Questions

Interview With The Author 

Vasiliki Douglas: "Introduction to Aboriginal Health & Health Care in Canada"

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