Cultural Competency Training
Culture is defined in health care as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social groups; also, the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time (Merriam-Webster's Online dictionary). It guides the decisions and actions of a group through time.
Cultural competency is defined as:
Cultural Competency and the Joint Commission Standards
Joint Commission has studied cultural competence and in particular, standards to advance effective communication, cultural competence and patient-centered care in hospitals building on the work of the Health, Language, and Culture study. The standards will be implemented fully in January 2011.
Specifically the Joint Commission Standards require: