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Medical News & Perspectives
September 20, 2000

Native American Physician Incorporates Tradition Into Mainstream Medical Care

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JAMA. 2000;284(11):1370. doi:10.1001/jama.284.11.1370-JMN0920-3-1

Chicago—To work effectively with their patients, clinicians often must bridge cultural and racial divides, as well as those of age and sex.

Clinicians who see Native American patients may improve treatment outcomes by linking behavioral choices to a patient's spiritual beliefs, Robert Palmer, MD, a psychiatrist practicing in San Luis Obispo, Calif, and an Ojibwe Anishinaabe descendent, said at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Incorporating Native American teachings into mainstream medical practice, he said, also may benefit patients of other cultures.

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