Cultural and Religious Consideration to Competent Healthcare

Mae Brooks, Dr. Deborah Ashton
Brooks, Ashton

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission requires culturally competent care as essential to the safest, highest quality, best-value health care. At Novant Health a Cultural and religious considerations: A guide to patient care and religious videos were developed to assist healthcare professionals in providing quality healthcare that is sensitive to each patient’s values. These values are shaped by the patient’s particular cultural and religious background.

The information in the Novant Health guide does not provide the blueprint for the characteristics of any individual patient. The guide emphasizes the importance of respectfully asking the patient for information that will allow providers to practice care that is central to and conducive to the patient’s personal belief system.

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