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Rust, George and Kondwani, Kofi and Martinez, Ruben and Dansie, Roberto and Wong, Winston and Fry-Johnson, Yvonne and Woody, Rocio Del Milagro and Daniels, Elvan J. and Herbert-Carter, Janice and Aponte, Laura and Strothers, Harry (2006) A CRASH-COURSE IN CULTURAL COMPETENCE. Ethnicity & Disease, 16 (2 S3). S3-29-S3-36. ISSN 1049-510X

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America is a multi-cultural society. Yet, there are cultural dimensions to the clinician patient relationship that have not been systematically addressed in medical education or in clinical practice. Lack of diversity and lack of crosscultural skills in the medical profession may contribute to health disparities in America. Cultural competence for the medical profession represents a core set of skills that can be learned to respectfully and effectively communicate healthcare information with diverse patient populations. The authors blended their extensive literature review with the knowledge and experience of a culturally diverse medical team to develop the CRASHCourse in Cultural Competency training program for medical professionals. CRASH is a mnemonic for the following essential components of culturally competent health care— consider Culture, show Respect, Assess/Affirm differences, show Sensitivity and Self-awareness, and do it all with Humility. The goal of the CRASH-Course in Cultural Competency is to build confidence and competence in the clinician’s ability to communicate effectively with diverse patient populations.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Access to Care; African American; Asian; Attitudes and Health; Cross-Cultural Communications; Cultural Competence; Cultural Diversity; Effective Communication; Latino; Medical Education; Multi-Cultural; Physician-Patient Relationship; Racial and Ethnic Disparities; United States
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2011 12:22
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1232

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