The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has issued new standards for cultural and linguistic competence in health care services. The standards are intended to improve health care and close inequities in the quality of care people receive.
The bill passed the Oregon House of Representatives, 46-12, on April. 10.
According to the Tribune, “Ineffective patient communication leads to misdiagnosis and improper treatments that drive health inequities.” These, in turn, drive up costs and hurt quality of care.
Cultural competency training is closer to becoming a standard of medical training in Oregon. A bill requiring that i schedule to reach the Oregon House the week of April 8.
On Nurse.com, freelance writer Lisette Hilton details the ways that nursing schools are incorporting more cultural competence into their curricula.
Hilton quotes Yvonne Wesley, adjunct associate professor at New York University’s College of Nursing, who shows the evolution in thinking:
“We started with awareness. We went to sensitivity, and now we’re at competency,” she said. “So, nurses are expected to be competent in other people’s cultures.”