Culturally Appropriate Care and Health Education

Culturally Appropriate Care and Health Education Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The United States continues to be a melting pot of people with diverse cultures and languages; in some cases, cultural and linguistic differences can present barriers to health care delivery. It is increasingly important for health care providers to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs of their patients to ensure that patients understand their health care issues, medications, and self-care requirements.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that provided culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and education to specific target populations. The programs include one that delivered a community-based, culturally tailored education program to low-income, predominantly elderly Korean immigrants with type 2 diabetes to improve self-management; another that increased awareness of, attitudes about, and willingness to accept hospice services in a local Hispanic community; and a third that provided culturally sensitive mental health screening for arriving refugees.

The featured QualityTools include a cancer education tool geared toward Asians and Pacific Islanders, a screener to help assess the emotional distress of refugees, and a toolkit to help mental health clinicians and agency administrators evaluate evidence-based practices for possible modification for cultural groups.

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