Cross Cultural Research: Opportunities and Strategies for Discovery

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Cultural Differences and the Practice of Sexual Medicine


Although cross-cultural research is currently being conducted in many countries, on many subcultures, and by many research groups, much of this research either is not visible to the practitioner or does not specifically inform the practitioner as to how it might affect healthcare provider–client interactions. We argue for the need to include culturally relevant variables in standard research protocols, delineating research that addresses the healthcare experiences of cultural subsets from research designed to understand basic issues, attitudes, and differences within those cultural subsets. Finally, we offer ways in which various types of research investigations might be implemented within clinic settings and through various kinds of international collaborations.


Part of the Trends in Andrology and Sexual Medicine book series (TASM)