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Cultural competency in health care

What are the top barriers identified to address in cultural competency?

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If cultural competency is the set of standards, policies, behaviors and attitudes of applied across cultures in the health care setting, the top barriers are related to each of those aspects of cultural competency. One of the top barriers is in communication between patient and physician. Though language can be considered a contributor to poor communication, it is more often the cultural barriers that lead to poor compliance of patients and a lack of discussion about health care treatment options (Lopes, 2001). Communication between patient and physician is affected when they are of different ...

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Cultural competency in health care is clearly defined and validated by research.