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Universal Principles for Culturally Sensitive Diabetic Education

Hoffman, Anthony

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181ef60f4
Feature: CE Connection

Abstract: Most nurses will not go to another county and provide healthcare education, but will care for patients from other countries and faiths who practice traditions that impact how they manage their illness. This author shares his experience in Mauritania, which provides an excellent example for understanding issues in cross-cultural diabetic education. Universal principles for cross-cultural health education are offered.

Nurses regularly care for patients from countries and faith traditions that impact how they manage illness. Unearth insights for culturally sensitive care with a diabetic educator who worked in West Africa.

Anthony Hoffman BSN, RN, works at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. He worked in Mauritania with his wife, Risa, with the humanitarian organization IDEAS (, as a diabetic educator and in community health.

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