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Nursing Resources: Cultural Competence

Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is a broad concept used to describe a variety of interventions that aim to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of health care services for people from racial or ethnic minorities and diverse communities. It developed largely in response to the recognition that cultural, social and linguistic barriers between healthcare providers and patients could affect the quality of healthcare delivery. Cultural competence emphasizes the idea of effectively operating in different cultural contexts, and altering practices to reach different cultural groups.

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