Essay about Culturally Competent Care

2892 Words Apr 18th, 2012 12 Pages

Globalization has changed the way we live. The population demographic of United States is changing at a fast pace as every year people from different cultural and ethnic background are immigrating to the United States. By 2020, the number of ethnic minority in the United States will grow up to 35%. Immigration is an ongoing process and has brought a variety of culture and knowledge to the United States. The diversity of population is affecting the healthcare delivery system in the country. Nurses play a major role in the delivery of healthcare. Nurses are the direct caregivers to patients and spend maximum time with the patients and their family. “As
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By knowing patient’s beliefs and values will help to provide appropriate care and will encourage patient participation in their healthcare.
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) provides guidelines to provide culturally competent care to the diverse patient population in the United States. The need to recognize the increasing diverse patient population is gaining importance as the racial disparities are responsible for bad patient outcomes. Research shows that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) do not get adequate patient care resulting in poor outcomes. Policy makers, health administrators and all stakeholders of healthcare system need to understand the reasons of healthcare disparity and design strategies to eliminate the disparity. CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) is a quality improvement program initiated by CMS (Center of Medicare and Medicaid services) to improve cultural and linguistic competence of healthcare organizations and individual providers. The organizations receiving Federal grants need to follow the standards of CLAS. The main objective of CLAS is to improve healthcare services for minority groups, by making it cost effective and reducing the number of medical errors. CLAS focuses on three major aspects, providing linguistic services, culturally

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