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Cultural Competence in Healthcare: Cultural Competency

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Cultural Competency

Use this guide to find information and research on best practices related to cultural competency in healthcare.

What is cultural competency?
Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. 'Culture' refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups. 'Competence' implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and their communities. (National Center for Cultural Competence).

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