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The ABC (and DE) of cultural competence in clinical care

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1757-0980

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Abstract

Although the need for cultural competence in clinical care has been well articulated for over four decades, the goal of integrating and addressing cultural issues in care remains elusive. The challenges can be attributed to a lack of clarity on definitions and a lack of understanding of what constitutes cultural competence. What to know and what to do are questions that are frequently raised in discussions of cultural competence. Previous literature has described cultural competence in terms of affective, behavioural, and cognitive domains. The purpose of this paper is to build on this discourse by discussing key attributes within each domain and extending the framework to highlight the dynamics of difference, clarify the goal of equity, and recognise the importance of practice environments in the development of cultural competence in clinical care.

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Srivastava, R. (2008), "The ABC (and DE) of cultural competence in clinical care", Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 27-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/17570980200800005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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