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The Impact of Culture on Anaesthetic Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 February 2009

David T. Cowan
King′s College London


IN debating the issue of whether or not nursing care should be perceived within a framework of cultural competence, this paper briefly describes the background of this approach to nursing, and as an exemplar, discusses how culture can impact on the practice of anaesthetics and peri–anaesthetic care. This is illustrated through drawing on my own transcultural experiences while employed for nearly five years as a non–physician anaesthetist in Saudi Arabia and may therefore be of interest to those practitioners involved in the delivery of anaesthetics and peri–anaesthetic care.

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