Multicultural aspects of care for cancer patients in Israel

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Care for cancer patients from diverse cultural groups requires cultural competence, including cultural awareness, knowledge, and specific skills. Israel, a multicultural state with many subgroups of Jews and Arabs, displays diverse degrees of religiosity and variety along the continuum from traditional to Western lifestyle. This chapter draws on the very few existing studies of multicultural aspects of care for cancer patients in Israel. It focuses mainly on two specific and culturally distinct groups in Israel: Arabs and ultra-orthodox Jews. It describes perceptions of cancer in the familial and societal context and elaborates aspects of psychosocial interventions in the multicultural context. It concludes with thoughts on how to use cultural knowledge to promote the care of cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Challenges in Communication with Cancer Patients
EditorsA. Surbone, M. Zwitter, M. Rajer , R. Stiefel
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781461433699
ISBN (Print)9781461433682
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013.


  • Arabs
  • Cancer patients
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Psychosocial care
  • Religion
  • Ultra-orthodox jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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