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Commentary on “A qualitative exploration of the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities”

Raghu Raghavan (Reader in Disability and Mental Health, School of Health Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 14 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to provide a commentary on the previous paper in this issue “A qualitative exploration of the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities”.

Design/methodology/approach

The commentary outlines the Valuing People White Paper and The Health Care Commission report Tackling the Challenge: Promoting Race Equality in the NHS in England, among others, as they relate to the author's research.

Findings

Developing cultural knowledge is of fundamental importance in working towards race equality in mental health services for children and young people with learning disabilities

Originality/value

Cultural competence refers to the ability to work effectively with individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, or in settings where several cultures co‐exist. It includes the ability to understand the language, culture and behaviours of other individuals and groups, and to make appropriate recommendations.

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Citation

Raghavan, R. (2011), "Commentary on “A qualitative exploration of the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 14-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595471111185710

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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