Challenges to cultural competence training with health care workers.

Papadopoulos, Irena and Lees, Shelley and Tilki, Mary (2003) Challenges to cultural competence training with health care workers. In: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2003, 26 – 28 September 2003, University of York.

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The authors have conducted training courses with health care workers in a variety of settings and disciplines. Drawing on their experiences and a research study this presentation will discuss the barriers and enablers to conducting such training. Whilst the research study focused on providing cultural competence training to mental health care workers, training has also been provided to a range of teams from physiotherapists, to transcultural community mental health workers who specialise in providing services to refugees and people from minority ethnic groups and to student nurses from different European countries. The training is based on the Papadopoulos, Tilki, Taylor and Lees model for developing cultural competencies. Cultural competence is now considered essential for all health care professionals; however, despite the considerable effort being invested in this currently up and down the country, there is no common agreement as to its definition, or the best ways to promote it. The presentation will outline the approaches used by the authors and will discuss the impact of variables such as context, professional background, years of professional experience, nature of clients, peer influence, etc in order to highlight the challenges which such training may pose.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:A. > School of Health and Education
A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
ID Code:6317
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