Cultural competency matters

Ruth Davidhizar (Dean of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana, USA)
Joyce Newman Giger (Professor of Graduate Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1366-0756

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Canada is one of the most multi‐cultural countries in the world. Because of this, a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and personal differences exists. These factors affect patients, their families and health care professionals. Nurses in particular need to be aware of these differences since they are the people most likely to interact closely with patients and all others who are associated with a particular case. Addresses some of those common differences and provides an awareness for professionals who deal with these issues.



Davidhizar, R. and Newman Giger, J. (2000), "Cultural competency matters", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 8-12.

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