Every patient brings their own cultural history into every interaction. Culturally competent practitioners are aware of this when communicating with patients.
Resources in this guide are intended for the use of faculty, staff, and students in all programs except Clinical Psychology. A Clin Psyc tab, incorporating the vast resources for multicultural patients, will be added soon. Users interested in Clin Psyc resources are encouraged to contact a librarian.
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According the the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--
Culture. Attitudes and behaviors that are characteristic of a group or community
Cultural Competence. A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.
The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.