Emerging Standards of Care: African Americans Research Paper by Nicky

An examination of the need for culturally competent health care for the African-American community.
# 151341 | 2,464 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US


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Description:

The paper looks at the disparities in health care for African Americans that exist in the areas of stroke treatment and prevention, asthma treatment and prevention and infant mortality rates. The paper looks at how to achieve cultural competence within the very structures of the health care system and discusses the role of electronic health records (EHRs) in improving quality of care and cost-effectiveness.

Outline:
Introduction
Barriers to Culturally Competence Healthcare
Identification of Disparities in Health Care for African American Individuals
Methods of Achieving 'Systemic' Cultural Competence
Technology and Standards of Care
Clinical Cultural Competence
African Americans and Asthma
Infant Mortality Disparities among African Americans
Recommendations for Achieving Cultural Competence
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work entitled: "Standards for the use of Electronic Health Information to Support Clinical Research" published in April of this year (2009) states that Electronic Health Records (EHRs) "can improve the quality of care and cost-effectiveness in many ways. They can make complete and current patient records available when and where patient data is needed. They can enable safer procedures, like electronic prescribing. Over time, they can also provide "clinical decision support" to practitioners by rapidly assembling and processing information from many data sources, and presenting complex information in an understandable manner on a single screen." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, 2009)
"Also stated as an area of promise for use of EHRs is that of clinical research in that EHRs will support clinical research. It is specifically stated that "...new medical knowledge derives partly from scientific initiative in driving the research agenda - but medical progress is equally based on clinical research, the carefully-observed experience of patients." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, 2009) Clinical research is presently conducted apart from routine care delivery to patients however, the encounters that number in the millions each day with patients are stated to represent "...a treasure trove of information."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asthma and African Americans (2009) .S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Online available at:http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=6170
  • Betancourt, Joseph R., Green, Alexander R. and Carrillo, J. Emilio (2002) Cultural Competence in Health Care: Emerging Frameworks and Practical Approaches. Cornell University Field Report. October 2002. online available at: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/usr_doc/betancourt_culturalcompetence_576.pdf
  • Health Disparities Experienced by Black or African Americans --- United States (2005) MMWR - CDC 14 Jan 2005. 54(01); 1-3. Online available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5401a1.htm
  • Infant Mortality and African Americans (2009) .S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Online available at:http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=3021
  • Infant Mortality Disparities Fact Sheet - African Americans (2009) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Online available at: http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=6903

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