A guide for health professionals working with aboriginal peoples (SOGC).

2000 Dec.; Endorsement renewed 2009
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC).

Aboriginal health is a highly relevant concern to the health care community. Aboriginal patients, whether identified as Aboriginal or not, will be encountered by most Canadian health care practitioners at some point in their practice. Such encounters may range from the daily to the infrequent; from the urban specialist who may be required to communicate the management of a complex disease process via translator to an Aboriginal patient flown in from a remote location, to the urban community health nurse who may be providing perinatal instruction to a young Aboriginal family, to the rural family physician who practices in or close to an Aboriginal community. In forging a balanced and positive health care practitioner-patient relationship, it is essential to understand the heritage context of the Aboriginal patient in order to negotiate chasms and find common ground.

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