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Culturally Competent Healthcare: Home

Journals, search strategies, books, websites, and organizations to enhance practitioner cultural competency

About this Guide

Every patient brings their own personal, cultural, emotional, and physical history into every interaction. Culturally competent practitioners are aware of all the possibilities when communicating with patients. Tabs in the guide focus on ethnicity and culture, sexual and gender identity, and physical and mental disabilities.

Searching for Information?

Looking for articles on cultural competence?

The best databases are Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC (education), and Medline.

Want to search them all at once?

Use EBSCOhost and select All Databases.

Diversity and Cross-culturalism

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.

Health Literacy. The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.


Print Books

Incompetent vs. Competent Cultural Care

Diversity Awareness Group Activities

Downers Grove Campus Library (630) 515-6200
Littlejohn Hall
555 31st St. Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Glendale Campus Library (623) 572-3308
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19555 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308
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