Cultural Competence in Health Care

CulturalCompetence in Health Care

CulturalCompetence in Health Care

Inhealth care, cultural competence has emerged with a purpose toaddress the factors that have contributed to ethnic/racialdisparities. The congruent settings avail care among the patientsfrom diverse backgrounds. According to Purnell(2012), theultimate goal of medical systems is to provide the modest of care totheir sick persons, regardless of their ethnicity and economicstandards. Differing health beliefs and practices erects hindrancesin communication resulting in disagreements.

Inculturally insensitive practice, there exist some barriers betweenpatients and the care providers. According to Monteneryet al. (2013),the lack of diversity among the employees makes an institution appearbiased. The minorities may not find it appropriate to seek servicesfrom such a workforce.

Poorcross-cultural communication between patients and care providers isanother hindrance to culturally competent care (Berry-James,2015). Whenthe clients and professionals fail to understand and embrace thesocial and cultural differences, communication between them becomesineffective(Purnell, 2002).This results in dissatisfaction among the patients, poor adherence tomedications, and in general, poor health results.

Accordingto Jeonget al. (2016), the barriers can be eliminated by translators andinterpreters. The United States, for instance, has come up withpolicies that require clients with limited or no English be providedwith translation assistance at no cost. The move enhancesunderstanding between the two parties. In addition, the quality ofservices rendered to the patients improves since they can makeinquiries and discuss their health concerns with the professionals(Berry-James, 2015).The feeling of inferiority or being profiled is also eliminatedthrough the use of a neutral language or using interpreters.


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