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Clinical topics related to Cambodian culture.


Cambodian Asthma Cultural Profile
Information about Cambodian perspectives on Asthma.
Cambodian Perinatal Culture-Bound Syndromes: Providing Care to Cambodian Women with Toas
Information about postpartum period sor sai kchey, which alludes to a period of fragile health lasting from one to three months after childbirth during which many traditional postpartum practices are followed. There are strong beliefs about the importance of adhering to these practices and that failure to do so may lead to chronic symptoms called toas that can be temporary or lifelong.
Cambodian Postpartum Practices
Article about postpartum traditions in Cambodian culture.
Cambodian Shop Around Program
Description of a pilot project to promote healthy eating and dietary management of diabetes in Seattle's Cambodian community; includes curriculum, recipes, photos and information about the prevalence of diabetes and other health conditions affecting Cambodian Americans, along with considerations of some historical and environmental factors that may influence Cambodian American diet.
Cambodian Terms for Hypertension May Cause Misunderstandings about the Disease
This article discusses the lay and medical terms used for hypertension in Khmer language and their influence on patients’ understanding of the disease.
Cambodian Tuberculosis Cultural Profile
Some cultural information about tuberculosis in Cambodian community.
Clinical Pearl: "Fever" in SE Asians. Does it really mean an elevated body temperature?
A short clinical pearl about a complaint of fever, but the patient doesn't have a fever in the doctor's office.
Clinical Pearl: Circular Burn Scarring on Asian and African Patients
A short clinical pearl about patterned circular scars on the skin of Asian and African patients.
Clinical Pearl: Consider Lead and Other Heavy Metal Toxicities in the Evaluation of Nonspecific Symptoms
A short clinical pearl about the need to consider the prevalence of high lead levels among recently arrived Burmese.
Death in Cambodian Buddhist Culture
Information about Cambodian Buddhist perspectives and funeral practices during times of death
Delayed Bottle Weaning and Iron Deficiency in Southeast Asian Toddlers
Article reprinted with permission from Western Journal of Medicine. By Elinor A. Graham, MD, MPH, et al. West J Med, July 1997; 167:10-14.
Diabetes in Cambodian Americans
Information about how diabetes is understood and managed by participants in a diabetes education class at Harborview Medical Center, with additional details about diabetes in Cambodian Americans.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Fever
A small ethnographic study on fever in Cambodians. This symptom is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for fever, and concerns and health practices associated with fever.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Dizziness
A small ethnographic study on dizziness in Cambodians. This symptom is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for dizziness, and concerns and health practices associated with dizziness.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Wind Illness
A small ethnographic study on wind illness in Cambodians. This is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for wind illness, and concerns and health practices associated with the illness.
Nutrition and Fasting in Cambodian Culture
Information about traditional nutrition and commonly consumed foods in the Cambodian community in Seattle.
Peripartum and Infant Care Issues and Practices among Refugee Groups in Seattle
Some traditional practices around pregnancy and infant care in Southeast Asian and East African groups in Seattle.
Saving Face: Recognizing and Managing the Stigma of Mental Illness in Asian Americans - video
68 minute training video that is targeted to physicians, psychiatry residents, medical students, social work students and practicing social workers, clinical and counseling psychologists, nurses and case managers. View the video by clicking the play icon (it may take some time to load, depending on the speed of your internet connection). You can also view in full screen by clicking the icon at the bottom right corner of the video player, once the video has loaded. The overarching goal of the video is to demonstrate a culturally competent approach to addressing the stigma of mental illness in Asian-American patients. The video is comprised of three interviews of Asian-American simulated patients, from three major sub-ethnic groups of Asian Americans living in the United States, and ethnically matched psychiatrists in therapy sessions. The objectives of these scenarios are to demonstrate how Asian-American patients present their stigma, and how skilled clinicians manage it. The Indian-American patient scenario begins at 3 minutes 40 seconds into the video. The Vietnamese-American scenario begins at 25 minutes 37 seconds. The Filipino-American scenario begins at 49 minutes 44 seconds. See links to Facilitator's Guide and DVD Order Form below video.
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