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Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2011;53(6):355-64.

[A theoretical model for transcultural psychiatry].

[Article in Dutch]

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Transculturele Psychiatrie aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. f.korttmann@psy.umcn.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patients of non-Western origin quite often fail to complete their course of treatment. The reasons are generally unclear. aim To suggest ways of tackling the problems in transcultural psychiatric practice.

METHOD:

A theoretical model is presented, derived from clinical practice. The model provides insight into essentials of transcultural psychiatry. The model is based on the following: two interpretations of the concept of culture, an elaboration of the university-relativity dichotomy and a subdivision of the clinician’s work into three sections. These sections are: building a trusting relationship, making a diagnosis and carrying out treatment suited to the patient’s needs.

RESULTS:

The psychiatrist’s attitude to his patient varies according to the phase of treatment, sometimes it is more relativistic, at other times it is more universalistic.

CONCLUSION:

The compliance of non-Western patients will probably increase when the clinician adopts a more relativistic approach during the phase of building a relationship with the patient and probably also during some parts of the treatment phase so that he can come closer to meeting the patient’s expectations.

PMID:
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