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Of goldfish tanks and moonlight tricks: can cultural competency ameliorate health disparities?
ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2008 Jan-Mar; 31(1):13-27.AA

Abstract

Within nursing, cultural competency is seen as an important mechanism for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities; however, after years of attempted implementation of "cultural competence," minimal evidence exists demonstrating a relationship between culturally competent interventions and improved health outcomes or reduced disparities. We examine how cultural competency as an intervention for tackling health disparities is undertheorized and misguided, and deflects attention and efforts needed to address broader social determinants of health. We provide a historical overview of cultural competency, critiques of the concept, and recommendations for moving beyond cultural competency as a means of diminishing health disparities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Washington Tacoma, Seattle, Washington 98492, USA. drevdahl@u.washington.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20531266

Citation

Drevdahl, Denise J., et al. "Of Goldfish Tanks and Moonlight Tricks: Can Cultural Competency Ameliorate Health Disparities?" ANS. Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 31, no. 1, 2008, pp. 13-27.
Drevdahl DJ, Canales MK, Dorcy KS. Of goldfish tanks and moonlight tricks: can cultural competency ameliorate health disparities? ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2008;31(1):13-27.
Drevdahl, D. J., Canales, M. K., & Dorcy, K. S. (2008). Of goldfish tanks and moonlight tricks: can cultural competency ameliorate health disparities? ANS. Advances in Nursing Science, 31(1), 13-27. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ANS.0000311526.27823.05
Drevdahl DJ, Canales MK, Dorcy KS. Of Goldfish Tanks and Moonlight Tricks: Can Cultural Competency Ameliorate Health Disparities. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2008 Jan-Mar;31(1):13-27. PubMed PMID: 20531266.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Of goldfish tanks and moonlight tricks: can cultural competency ameliorate health disparities? AU - Drevdahl,Denise J, AU - Canales,Mary K, AU - Dorcy,Kathleen Shannon, PY - 2010/6/10/entrez PY - 2008/1/1/pubmed PY - 2010/9/21/medline SP - 13 EP - 27 JF - ANS. Advances in nursing science JO - ANS Adv Nurs Sci VL - 31 IS - 1 N2 - Within nursing, cultural competency is seen as an important mechanism for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities; however, after years of attempted implementation of "cultural competence," minimal evidence exists demonstrating a relationship between culturally competent interventions and improved health outcomes or reduced disparities. We examine how cultural competency as an intervention for tackling health disparities is undertheorized and misguided, and deflects attention and efforts needed to address broader social determinants of health. We provide a historical overview of cultural competency, critiques of the concept, and recommendations for moving beyond cultural competency as a means of diminishing health disparities. SN - 1550-5014 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20531266/Of_goldfish_tanks_and_moonlight_tricks:_can_cultural_competency_ameliorate_health_disparities L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ANS.0000311526.27823.05 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -