Cultural Competence and Ethical Decision Making for Health Care Professionals
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2-1, April 2016, Pages: 41-52
Received: Nov. 30, 2015; Accepted: Jan. 15, 2016; Published: May 13, 2016
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Brenda Louw, Department Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA
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Cultural competence and ethical decision making are two separate, yet intrinsically related concepts which are central to services rendered by all health care professionals. Cultural competence is based on ethical principles and informs ethical decision making. In spite of this important connection, the interrelationship of these two concepts does not receive the attention it deserves in the literature. This issue is addressed by appraising the training and assessment of cultural competence and ethical decision making in the health care professions. The integrated relationship of these two concepts is illustrated within the broader contexts of higher education, research and clinical practice. Health care professionals who incorporate cultural competence and ethical decision making will be empowered to provide the best services to their clients/ patients in multicultural contexts to ensure optimum outcomes.
Cultural Competence, Ethical Decision Making, Health Care Professionals, Higher Education, Research, Clinical Practice
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Brenda Louw, Cultural Competence and Ethical Decision Making for Health Care Professionals, Humanities and Social Sciences. Special Issue:Ethical Sensitivity: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2016, pp. 41-52. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.s.2016040201.17
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