Effects Of Diversity And Cultural Competence In Health Care

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Katlin Campos
MHS 4408
Professor Epps
November 28 , 2016
Diversity and Cultural Competence in Behavioral Healthcare

This paper is about the effects of diversity and cultural competence in the behavioral health care work setting. It is oftentimes overlooked how important one 's ethnicity is not only to ourselves but for the clients as well. Making all efforts to make a client feel comfortable with their background when seeking treatment will ultimately lead to better results. This paper will discuss the many barriers to cultural competence as well as the benefits of it. I will also be writing about different ways to train staff and about support of cultural competence.
Keywords: Cultural competence, diversity, ethnicity, barriers
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Because such concepts as health, illness, suffering, and care can mean different things to different people. Therefore becoming educated about the cultural differences and customs within each culture can allow us as providers to see things from the client 's perspective, provide better care and avoid misunderstandings among staff, residents/patients, and families. There are many benefits to having a culturally competently trained staff some examples of this are: increases in health care-seeking behavior; more appropriate testing and screening; fewer diagnostic errors; avoidance of drug complications; greater adherence to medical advice; and expanded choices and access to high-quality clinicians. Researchers conclude that although the field is in its preliminary stages, there is much promise for continued successes in the impact of cultural competence on health outcomes/dse’ and well-being. (Lehman, Fenza …show more content…
It should be an “integrated component of the training and professional development of health care providers at all levels. The curricula should: increase awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in health and the importance of sociocultural factors on health beliefs and behaviors, identify the impact of race, ethnicity, culture, and class on clinical decision- making; develop tools to assess the community members’ health beliefs and behaviors; and develop human resource skills for cross-cultural assessment, communication, and negotiation.” (Commonwealth Fund 1) Quality improvement efforts should include culturally and linguistically appropriate patient survey methods as well as process and outcome measures that reflect the needs of multicultural and minority populations. Programs should be developed to help patients navigate the healthcare system and become a more active partner in the clinical encounter. Some examples of different training methods that can be implemented can be conducting a case study review, having live interactions with clients or using online educational tools and orientation kits.

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