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Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2011 Jul-Sep;30(3):205-14. doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e318225dfe6.

A framework for cultural competence in health care organizations.

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University of Hawaii-West Oahu, Pearl City, Hawaii, USA.


Increased racial and ethnic diversity in the United States brings challenges and opportunities for health care organizations to provide culturally competent services that effectively meet the needs of diverse populations. The need to provide more culturally competent care is essential to reducing and eliminating health disparities among minorities. By removing barriers to cultural competence and placing a stronger emphasis on culture in health care, health care organizations will be better able to address the unique health care needs of minorities. Organizations should assess cultural differences, gain greater cultural knowledge, and provide cultural competence training to deliver high-quality services. This article develops a framework to guide health care organizations as they focus on establishing culturally competent strategies and implementing best practices aimed to improve quality of care and achieve better outcomes for minority populations.

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