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There are many aspects of diverse cultures to consider when caring for various patient populations
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Did you know that 18 percent of the U.S. population speaks a language other than English at home? The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2042 there will be no single ethnic or racial majority in the United States. By 2060, the Hispanic population is expected to more than double, the Asian population will double, the African American population will grow by more than 47 percent, and the non-Hispanic white population will be shrinking.
Research shows that a failure of the health care system to keep pace with the diverse cultural and linguistic preferences and needs of patients has contributed to widening disparities leading to increased medical errors, prolonged lengths of stay, avoidable hospitalizations, and over- and under-utilization of procedures. According to the Institute of Medicine report, Unequal Treatment, increased levels of cultural competency and enhanced patient-provider communication have the potential to improve the accuracy of diagnoses, prevent patient exposure to unnecessary diagnostic procedures, and enable providers to better obtain true informed consent. In addition, cultural competency training is known to improve the knowledge and attitudes of healthcare staff leading to greater patient satisfaction and quality scores, as well as fewer unnecessary hospital readmissions, all of which are increasingly associated with hospital reimbursement rates.
Equity of Care is a national collaborative partnership of The American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Catholic Health Association of the United States for the purpose of eliminating health disparities. In January 2015, the group released Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities, which lists cultural competency training as one of three core areas needed for improvement. Within this area, the guide calls for:
According to a report published by The Joint Commission, One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations, one of the challenges hospitals report is a lack of awareness among staff about the importance of cultural and language issues and how they affect patient care. To address this challenge and others, hospitals should provide training on a wide-variety of topics that include, but are not limited to:
Although staff need to be aware of common beliefs and practices of various cultural groups, it is important to avoid assumptions and stereotyping. Individual differences exist between groups and within them as well.
Did you know that the CE provider, Health.edu, sends course completions to CE Broker daily? Daily transmission is great for last-minute CEs required for license renewals. Let your staff know that their LMS profile must include the appropriate license information for electronic transmission of completions to CE Broker as well as the ACPE for Pharmacy staff.
There are many aspects of diverse cultures to consider when caring for various patient populations. Below are 10 aspects related to health, illness and death that vary among groups and individuals.
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