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Psychosomatics. 2018 Nov;59(6):554-560. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2018.06.004. Epub 2018 Jun 28.

Cultural Humility for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists.

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1
MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program, Boston, MA. Electronic address: ayeung@mgh.harvard.edu.
2
MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program, Boston, MA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Case presentation and analysis is a useful way to revisit key clinical themes, broad concepts, and teach others, especially when it comes to cross-cultural clinical issues. Patients from different cultural backgrounds tend to have different explanatory models of illnesses and related help seeking behaviors. Ineffective communication between clinicians and patients from nonmajority cultural groups may lead to less satisfaction with care and disparities in access to health care and in treatment outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

To address health disparities, psychiatrists need to be able to understand the illness beliefs of all patients, particularly those from diverse cultural backgrounds. Using cultural humility to work with patients from all cultures by understanding the patients' values and preferences is a key attitude for successful cross-cultural clinical encounters.

KEYWORDS:

consultation-liaison psychiatry; cultural diversity; cultural humility; health disparities

PMID:
30274799
DOI:
10.1016/j.psym.2018.06.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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