The changing patient: Why culturally competent care is now more important than ever

Is your hospital missing a key part of patient care? A recent article from Cardinal Health shares what your organization needs to know to provide patient-centered care to a more diverse patient base.
Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Cardinal health's website.
Meet Meera: a 35-year-old South Asian woman living in the U.S. She's a vegetarian, a non-smoker, and has health insurance, but she's less likely to utilize healthcare services than her native-born peers.
Additionally, she's more likely to develop acute cardiovascular disease than other major ethnic groups in the country. She's also more likely to develop heart disease at an earlier age and has a one-in-three chance of dying from heart disease before the age of 65.
While Meera is a hypothetical patient, recognizing her inherent risks and unique life factors provides her with more patient-centered care. Caring for such diverse patients requires an approach beyond the basic acknowledgment of disease status or general health; it requires a deeper understanding of the patient. That’s where cultural competence comes into play. Click to continue>>

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