Friday, February 6, 2015

Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice Test

As society changes in the United States, those who are culturally competent may provide more effective, holistic health care services. This practice test includes 15 questions about general cultural issues as they relate to health care.

I think it is important to note that any time a person seeks to become culturally competent that a good place to start would be in understanding one's own cultural practices, beliefs, and biases. It is also important not to assume that all people of a particular culture will automatically subscribe to the exact same beliefs and practices. If in doubt, tactfully asking a patient or the appropriate unit within the family may be the best approach.

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