Module 2: Basic Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs and Substances
Cultural and ethnic variables
Data from the latest Canadian census reveal that an estimated 5.3 million Canadians belong to a visible minority, accounting for 16.2% of Canada’s total population. This is up from 13.4% in 2001 and 11.2% in 1996 (Statistics Canada, 2006).
The ethno-racial and cultural diversity of Canadians contributes to health differences within our population, which must be considered in drug therapy. Nurses are expected to acquire and incorporate cultural competencies into their nursing practice (CNA, 2010).
- Position paper: Promoting cultural competence in nursing.
You are encouraged to review any Advanced Practice pharmacology text to review concepts describing cultural and ethnic variables influencing pharmacotherapeutics.
- CNA. (2010). Promoting Cultural Competence in Nursing [position paper]. Retrieved from https://www.cna-aiic.ca/~/media/cna/page-content/pdf-en/ps114_cultural_competence_2010_e.pdf?la=en
- Statistics Canada. (2006). Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census. Retrieved from http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2006/as-sa/97-562/index-eng.cfm