Cultural Sensitivity in Global Outreach

  • Sarwat Salim
  • Balamurali K. Ambati


A profound need exists for increased numbers of trained medical professionals and access to health care and resources to combat global blindness. Ophthalmologists have a tremendous opportunity to contribute around the world through direct clinical and surgical care, skills transfer, education, research, and leadership development. In order to deliver optimal care and have a rewarding experience with international volunteerism, it is critical for physicians to have an understanding of traditions and customs of different countries. In this chapter, several culturally determined characteristics that commonly arise in healthcare interactions are discussed to enhance a trusting and meaningful exchange between physicians and patients.


Patient Country Culture Communication Female Physician Care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarwat Salim
    • 1
  • Balamurali K. Ambati
    • 2
  1. 1.Glaucoma Service, Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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