Recognising and respecting patients’ cultural diversity

MCCLIMENS, Alex, BREWSTER, Jacqui and LEWIS, Robin (2014). Recognising and respecting patients’ cultural diversity. Nursing Standard, 28 (28), 45-52.

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Aim: To explore nursing students’ experiences of caring for patients from different and often unfamiliar cultural backgrounds.

Method: Focus group discussions were conducted with nursing students from mental health, learning disability and adult nursing in one university, to obtain qualitative information about areas of difficulty in providing culturally competent care.

Findings: Nursing students expressed difficulties and challenges meeting the cultural needs of patients, with particular focus on issues related to language, food and gender.

Conclusion: Nursing students need to prepare for work in a culturally diverse healthcare setting and should receive education and training in this area to ensure ongoing personal and professional development.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.7748/ns2014.
Depositing User: Alex Mcclimens
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 10:02
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 10:02

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