The need for equality has become one of the most deeply talked about subjects in the health care field. One challenge in this area is to reduce health care disparities and improve access to high-quality health care for diverse patients. There is a vast amount of literature on the implementation of cross-cultural competence in health care to reduce health care disparities. Cultural competence strategies include a racial and linguistic staff, culturally competent education and training, and integrated culturally translated signage. The cultural competence approach that is being investigated in this thesis considers the concepts of sociological factors that contribute to a complete understanding of one's culture. This thesis will examine two separate literatures: first, research on the historical culture context, sociocultural behavior and ethnic identity; and second, research on the cultural competence approach in the health care industry.
A literature review expands this research by applying a theoretical framework based on Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Institute of Medicine Principals of Quality, and Minority Populations and Health. A cross-cultural curriculum model through which to consider social psychology variables is presented.
Keywords: disparities, race, social psychology factors, cross-cultural curriculum, health care.
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|Commitee:||Maliszewski, Stan, Thomas, Loren|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Ethnic studies, Health education, Curriculum development, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Cross cultural education, Diversity, Ethnic disparities, Health disparities, Racial disparities|
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