People from different cultural backgrounds prefer adhering to their own religious beliefs which could restrict treatment options leading to the detriment of health, especially if it involves the health of a disabled child. This comprehensive but concise work highlights the problems faced in managing the care of disabled children from different cultural backgrounds. It examines the problems inherent in the medical, social and educational management of children with developmental disability in populations whose value systems differ from other cultures. In particular it considers how care may be varied according to cultural background, without compromising its quality.
Table of Contents
Impairment, disability and handicap. Cultural attitudes to disability. Religious attitudes to disability. The concept of harm. The interests and rights of patients. The interests and rights of parents. The interests and rights of physicians. The interests and rights of minorities. The interests of the host community. Conclusions.