Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Care

Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Care

.....As cultural diversity increases within the United States, those involved in the delivery of behavioral health care must be ready to address the cultural factors and health perceptions that can affect care. Knowing the benefits of addressing potential cultural gaps as true barriers to health care increases the quality of care throughout the continuum. Recent accreditation requirements have formalized the need to document staff competence in the delivery of care to those of different cultures and influences. The need to provide cultural diversity training and orientation to new staff combined with ongoing assessments of current staff results in a positive implication for future safe and effective medication use across the entire patient population.....

Comments: Although written for the pharmacist, this is also an important read for the optometrist. DM

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