- Objective 1: Understand what cultural competency is
- Objective 2: Understand why cultural competency is important
- Objective 3: Learn strategies to ensure cultural competency in research
Introduction to cultural competency
Cultural competence is defined as the “ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients”1 A culturally competent health care system can improve health outcomes and quality of care, and can contribute to the elimination of health disparities.
Why it is important:
The goal of providing culturally competent care is to provide the highest quality care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, English proficiency or literacy, or disability.
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