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Best Health - - ADVICE - DR. NA­DINE CARON CANADA’S FIRST FE­MALE INDIGENOUS SUR­GEON

Prac­tis­ing medicine in Prince Ge­orge, BC, Dr. Na­dine Caron deals with many indigenous pa­tients who have de­vel­oped dis­trust for the med­i­cal sys­tem, in part be­cause of the racism they face from health­care providers. In re­cent years, Dr. Caron has been speak­ing out about the im­por­tance of cul­tur­ally aware care – rec­og­niz­ing that a per­son’s cul­ture and ex­pe­ri­ences need to be taken into ac­count in their treat­ment – and peo­ple are tak­ing no­tice. In BC, for ex­am­ple, there’s now a cul­tural train­ing safety pro­gram to help health­care work­ers en­gage bet­ter with pa­tients.

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