Culturally Competent Care Means Better Outcomes For Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the tremendous health inequities coursing through America. While these disparities may be new to some, they are not new to the communities long affected by them. Medical care isn’t a one-size-fits-all undertaking. Inattention to differences in cultural backgrounds can cause real harm to a patient’s overall health. Patients tend to be healthier when their doctors and nurses take their ethnicity and race into account. That’s especially true when patient and providers share the same backgrounds, experiences, and language.

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