Multicultural Health Care in Practice: An Empirical Exploration of Multicultural Care in the Netherlands
van Heteren, Godelieve
Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy 2003 September; 11(3): 199-206
This study presents a first assessment of the challenges faced by Dutch health care providers dealing with the increasing cultural diversity in Dutch society. Qualitative interviews with 24 Dutch caregivers and policy-makers point to a number of important difficulties encountered when confronted with the growing diversity of patient populations. The study focuses explicitly on the challenges health care providers perceive in their direct interactions with patients. On the basis of the observations of the 24 respondents five strategies were formulated to improve the delivery of care in a multicultural environment. Their findings were further evaluated by confronting the empirical data with care- ethical notions (attentiveness, responsibility, competence, and responsiveness) and intercultural communication-theory.
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