In today's multicultural society, assuring quality health care for all persons requires that physicians understand how each patient's sociocultural background affects his or her health beliefs and behaviors.
Cross-cultural curricula have been developed to address these issues but are not widely used in medical education.
Many curricula take a categorical and potentially stereotypic approach to « cultural competence » that weds patients of certain cultures to a set of specific, unifying characteristics.
In addition, curricula frequently overlook the importance of social factors on the cross-cultural encounter.
This paper discusses a patient-based cross-cultural curriculum for residents and medical students that teaches a framework for analysis of the individual patient's social context and cultural health beliefs and behaviors.
The curriculum consists of five thematic units taught in four 2-hour sessions.
The goal is to help physicians avoid cultural generalizations while improving their ability to understand, communicate with, and care for patients from diverse backgrounds.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Interne(étudiant), Médecine, Malade, Enseignement universitaire, Homme, Curriculum, Niveau socioculturel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Resident(student), Medicine, Patient, Higher education, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0285065
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 16/11/1999.