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Medsurg Nurs. 2008 Apr;17(2):114-20; quiz 121.

Improving cross-cultural awareness and skills to reduce health disparities in cancer.

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  • 1Center on Health Disparities, Adventist HealthCare, Inc, Rockville, MD, USA.


Delivering culturally sensitive care gives health professionals an opportunity to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities attributable to patient-provider interactions in the diverse settings across the continuum of care. Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is stressful; dealing with that diagnosis in a setting that is culturally unfamiliar or with a provider who speaks a different language can make the experience frightening. The nurse must be attuned to the cultural needs of the cancer patient and family members/significant others.

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