Cultural Competency Seminar for Healthcare Providers
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The United States has a culturally diverse population. To deliver a complete patient centered care, healthcare providers must be aware of these cultural differences and how this may impact the quality of care the patient receives. Professionals need to acquire the knowledge of the different approaches they need to take in providing healthcare services to their culturally diverse patients.

Norbache-Goff, PLLC.'s Cultural Competency Seminar for Healthcare Providers addresses this need by providing the business, medical and legal reasons why cultural competence in health care is an essential professional skill set. This seminar also provides an in-depth and comprehensive approach for care of patients of African, Asian, Eastern European, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American decent.

Do you know that:

  • African American patients may be reluctant to disclose personal information, and that healthcare providers should first explain why the information is needed?
  • Chinese patients may believe that foods can assist in healing disease so their healthcare providers should inquire about their food choices and preferences?
  • when treating Middle Eastern patients being frank when communicating a bad prognosis may not be appropriate and that healthcare providers should first speak to the patient's family to decide if bad news should be given directly to the patient?
  • because doctors are often regarded as authority figures in the Japanese culture, patients and their family members are often reluctant to ask questions about concerns they may have?
  • religion and spirituality is an important part of the Hispanic culture and health care providers should be aware that patient's family and friends may wish to hold prayer sessions at the bedside and that the presence of religious items, rosary beads and the like may be a source of comfort to the patient?
  • because Psychiatric illnesses are often viewed as disgraceful in the Eastern European cultures, discussion of such illness with the patient should be handled with utmost care in a dignified manner?

General goal and objectives of our Cultural Competency Seminar for Healthcare Providers is to impart invaluable knowledge and understanding of the sensitive issues unique to each culture and provide the professional with the communications tools that will allow them to explain illnesses and treatment, identify healing, negotiate treatment and successfully intervene and collaborate with patients of diverse cultural background and their family members.

Learners will be able to:

  • identify their own cultural values, assumptions and beliefs, and recognize how this may impact their delivery of care to their patients;
  • recognize the barriers imposed by discrepancies between the practitioner's and patient's approach to health, illness, and health care when dealing with different cultural groups
  • learn ways to manage and bridge the discrepancies between the practitioner's and patient's approach to health, illness, and health care;
  • be able to conduct patient interviews that elicit health beliefs and incorporate these beliefs into the treatment plan and
  • work more effectively with interpreters.

Throughout the seminar, realistic scenarios of interaction between healthcare providers and patients with different cultures and beliefs are used to enhance the comprehension and retention of the critical information that is provided during the seminar.

For further inquiries about our Cultural Competency Seminar for Healthcare Providers, please contact us at 253.838.5444 during our regular office hours, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST, or e-mail us using the link below.

University Place, WA 253-653-9000
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