Cultural competency training in psychiatry

A. Qureshi, F. Collazos, M. Ramos, M. Casas

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Abstract

Recent reports indicate that the quality of care provided to immigrant and ethnic minority patients is not at the same level as that provided to majority group patients. Although the European Board of Medical Specialists recognizes awareness of cultural issues as a core component of the psychiatry specialization, few medical schools provide training in cultural issues. Cultural competence represents a comprehensive response to the mental health care needs of immigrant and ethnic minority patients. Cultural competence training involves the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can improve the effectiveness of psychiatric treatment. Cognitive cultural competence involves awareness of the various ways in which culture, immigration status, and race impact psychosocial development, psychopathology, and therapeutic transactions. Technical cultural competence involves the application of cognitive cultural competence, and requires proficiency in intercultural communication, the capacity to develop a therapeutic relationship with a culturally different patient, and the ability to adapt diagnosis and treatment in response to cultural difference. Perhaps the greatest challenge in cultural competence training involves the development of attitudinal competence inasmuch as it requires exploration of cultural and racial preconceptions. Although research is in its infancy, there are increasing indications that cultural competence can improve key aspects of the psychiatric treatment of immigrant and minority group patients. © 2008 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Volume23
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Cultural competence
  • Diversity training
  • Ethnic minority
  • Immigration
  • Transcultural psychiatry

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