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What has the literature taught us about culturally competent care of women and children

Lynn Clark Callister
MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 2005, 30 (6): 380-8
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This article describes what is currently in the literature about culturally competent care for women and children. With the population of the United States growing increasingly diverse, there is a developing need for cultural competency among nurses and throughout healthcare organizations. Cultural competence includes both culture-specific and culture-generic knowledge, attitudes, and skills. While databased literature on cultural competency still requires further development, we do have evidence of positive outcomes of culturally competent care. The end result of the provision of culturally competent care by culturally competent nurses and healthcare organizations can be significant improvements in the health and well-being of women and children.

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