Defining cultural competence: a practical framework for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care.

Joseph R Betancourt, Alexander R Green, J Emilio Carrillo & Owusu Ananeh-Firempong
OBJECTIVES: Racial/ethnic disparities in health in the U.S. have been well described. The field of "cultural competence" has emerged as one strategy to address these disparities. Based on a review of the relevant literature, the authors develop a definition of cultural competence, identify key components for intervention, and describe a practical framework for implementation of measures to address racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care. METHODS: The authors conducted a literature review of academic, foundation,...
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