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Arch Dis Child. 2003 Apr;88(4):291-4.

Evaluation of cultural competence and antiracism training in child health services.

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  • 1Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK. webbev@cf.ac.uk

Abstract

AIMS:

To evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of cultural competence and antiracism training to professionals providing services to ill or disabled children.

METHODS:

Immediate post-training and retrospective questionnaire survey of trainees. Main outcome measures were acceptability; perceived relevance to practice; previous training in this area; perceived impact on professionals' confidence in providing care to diverse communities; and reported changes in behaviour and practice.

RESULTS:

Cultural competence and antiracism training has been neglected in the health sector but is well received by professionals. It is a positive experience for trainees and perceived to be relevant to their practice. Appropriate and non-threatening training in cultural competence changes attitudes, behaviours, and practice, including promoting good practice in communication across linguistic and cultural differences.

CONCLUSIONS:

Appropriate cultural competence and antiracism training is both effective and acceptable in child health services.

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  • Hindu birth customs. [Arch Dis Child. 2004]
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