Ethnomedical Best Practices for International Psychosocial Efforts in Disaster and Trauma

  • Siddharth Ashvin Shah
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology Series book series (ICUP)

This chapter argues that the contemporary practice of cultural competence falls short of ethnomedical competence. Ethnomedicine is the study of culturally embedded or alternative beliefs and practices for health care (Genest, 1978; Nichter, 1992). Interdisciplinary with medical anthropology, ethnomedical critique examines the processes by which societies abandon their culturally embedded practices in favor of modern practices.


Cultural Competence Compassion Fatigue Contemporary Practice Alternative Practice Western Treatment 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Siddharth Ashvin Shah
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  1. 1.Family Practice and Preventive Medicine Wyckoff Heights Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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