Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective And Insensitive

715 Words Oct 27th, 2015 3 Pages
Opponents of greater emphasis in training for cultural sensitivity and awareness, as an initial step, argue that the solution is overly simplistic and not effective because it places responsibility entirely on the physician. To achieve a more culturally competent health care system in the U.S., the target group, in this case Hispanics must work together with physicians to determine the best course of action to address the lack of cultural competency. Rinderle in her posting, “Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive,” states that focusing on cultural sensitivity trainings “calls out a limiting belief that the solution is that ‘we’ need to be more ‘sensitive’ to ‘them’” (1). While physicians’ intentions might be good it reinforces a perceived power imbalance and suggests that the target group is incapable of being an equal partner in the solution process. Furthermore, those against cultural sensitivity trainings argue that these types of methods are “overly simplistic or “cookie-cutter” approaches” that assume that a few trainings or even “one training is sufficient” (Jones 31). A complex issue like cultural sensitivity cannot be solved overnight; it requires an depth set of training programs for physicians that addresses every aspect of cultural competency (e.g., cultural barriers, language barriers), which will give physicians the tools needed to connect, understand, and treat their patients effectively. A primary goal of cultural competency is to…

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