Building the case for cultural competence

Inginia Genao, Jada Bussey-Jones, Donald Brady, William T. Branch, Giselle Corbie-Smith

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Cultural competence in the provision of health care is a very important area of investigation and is receiving recognition at multiple levels. Minority groups constitute a significant and growing percentage of our population. However, there has been no commensurate increase in the number of minority physicians. There is a tremendous need for medical professional schools and health care organizations to implement formal cultural competence training for current and future health professionals. In this article, we present the findings of an extensive literature review that describes how several factors have brought the need for cultural competence to the forefront. These factors include a greater appreciation for the impact of culture on health, changes in U.S. demographics, increased awareness in health care disparities, and modifications in legislative and accreditation mandates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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