Culturally Competent Health Care Term Paper by Nicky

Culturally Competent Health Care
An assessment of the standards of cultural competence in the provision of health care in North Carolina.
# 128510 | 1,719 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Medical and Health (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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The paper explores the provision of culturally competent care in hospitals in North Carolina and identifies standards in assessing compliance or lack of compliance. The paper looks at the impact of the lack of culturally competent health care and examines solutions that will enable the meeting of standards in culturally competent care provision.

Culturally Competent Health Care
Key Drivers of Change in Health Care-Diversity
Impacts From Lack of Culturally Competent Health Care
Overview of North Carolina Hospitals
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work of Betancourt, et al (2005) entitled: "Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities: Key Perspectives and Trends" states that culturally competent health care is "broadly defined as services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of patients" and that culturally competent health care considerations are emerging and are receiving attention due to their strategic reduction of "racial and ethnic disparities" but also as "a means on improving health care quality." (Betancourt, 2005) Betancourt makes a review of the various sectors of the discipline and their respective view of culturally competent health care and reports that experts from academia state an agreement that "culturally competency education is crucial for preparing future health care workers to care for a diverse patient population." (Betancourt, 2005) Consistencies were however "noted in the availability and quality of current offerings. Standardization of educational programs is needed as is increased training for faculty members." (Betancourt, 2005)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (2003) "Training Culturally Competent Primary Care Professionals to provide High Quality Healthcare for All Americans: The Essential Role of Title VII, Section 747, in the Elimination of Healthcare Disparities Third Annual Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to Congress (2003) Online available at:
  • Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities: Key Perspectives and Trends, Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H., Alexander R. Green, M.D., J. Emilio Carrillo, M.D., and Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., Health Affairs March/April 2005 24 (2): 499?505
  • Dienes, Charlene L., Morrissey, Susan L., and Wilson, Anna V. (2004) Health Care Experiences of African American Teen Women in Eastern North Carolina. May 2004. Family Medicine.Vol. 36 No. 5. Online available at:
  • Hefflin BJ and - Etzel RA. - Out-of-hospital deaths due to asthma in North Carolina, 1980-1988.- Am J Prev Med 1995 Jan-Feb; 11(1): 66-70. - 11, - 66-70. - 0749-3797 - 1995 Jan-Feb.
  • Satter, Delight E. (2003) Culturally Competent Prevention and Control of Asthma for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Apr 30 2003. The Regents of the University of California.

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