Cultural competence in health care is broadly defined as the ability of providers and organizations to understand and integrate these factors into the delivery and structure of the health care system the goal of culturally competent health care services is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient regardless of race ethnicity cultural background english proficiency or literacy some common strategies for improving the patient provider interaction and institutionalizing . What is cultural competence in healthcare to understand cultural competence a healthcare provider needs to pay attention to how culture can have an impact on experiences with the healthcare system for example cultural details varying among patients can include a range of factors such as ethnicity language religion gender identity sexual orientation age or peer group geography and other sociological characteristics cultural competence involves being conscious of one . The goal of cultural competence in health care settings is to reduce racial economic ethnic and social disparities when meeting a communitys health care needs. Cultural competence in health care offers a wealth of this crucial knowledge with emphasis on day to day clinical work authors tseng and streltzer well known experts on transcultural medicine and therapy start by differentiating between disease and illness and advise on a range of practical matters from discussing culturally sensitive subjects to negotiating compromises between traditional healing and established medicine so that readers will gain both useful working techniques and
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