About This Topic
Welcome to the Core Concepts in Cultural
Competence lesson. This lesson
will present concepts central to cultural competence.
this lesson, we will present the concepts of culture, explanatory
model and health
beliefs. We also discuss the impact of social
factors on patients’ ability
to access health care, as these are often intricately interconnected
with the patient’s culture. Patients’ levels of acculturation are
also discussed. Suggestions for working with culturally diverse families
will be offered.
A case story will illustrate these concepts. It tells
how staff at Kendrick Hospital dealt with making the hospital more
culturally competent when faced with working with an influx of Roma
patients. The case story and following learning activities will show
you how these concepts and issues may be dealt with in a real life
What you will learn
After you complete this lesson you will be able to do the following:
- Define cultural competence, health beliefs and social
- Describe how cultural and social factors can affect
patient's approach and experience of healthcare.
- Work effectively with patients from cultures other
than one’s own.
- Appreciate that self awareness is important
in working with people from other cultures.
To get the most from this lesson
Proceed through the side bar items from top to bottom. Go through
the course by using the side bar links. Take the exam last.
To learn more from this lesson we recommend that you approach it
in the following way:
- Before you begin, think about patients you have worked
with from other cultures and people from other cultures
that you have known as friends.
- Reflect on how you have
felt with patients and/or friends from other cultures.
- Consider what you learned from your experiences
with patients/friends from other cultures.