Core Concepts in Cultural Competence

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Core Concepts in Cultural Competence
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|Cultural Competence |
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|Definition: |Cultural Competence is a set of values, behaviors, attitudes and practices within a system, organization, program or among |
| |individuals that enables them to work effectively across cultures. Cultural competence refers to the ability to honor and respect |
| |the beliefs, language, interpersonal styles
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| |Example 2: “Family” is defined differently in different cultures: in some cultures, “family” means primarily parents and children. |
| |In other cultures, “family includes a large number of relatives, loosely related. |
| |Example 3: Disabilities are viewed differently in different cultures. In some cultures, people with disabilities are hidden, in |
| |others they are believed to be endowed with special gifts. In some cultures, people with disabilities are encouraged to become |
| |independent and live independently; in others, it is the family’s wish and responsibility to care for the disabled person. |
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|Application: |Because of differences between cultures, patients’ behaviors and beliefs may be different from one’s own. |

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