The Relevance of Culturally Competent Care in Orthopaedics to Outcomes and Health Care Disparities

White III, Augustus A.; Hill, James A.; Mackel, Audley M.; Rowley, Diane L.; Rickards, Emily P.; Jenkins, Bill
June 2007
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Jun2007, Vol. 89-A Issue 6, p1379
Academic Journal
The article examines why culturally competent care and education are essential to the medical profession in the U.S. With this, the authors offer some hypotheses of the root causes of health care disparities, concluding with total joint replacement as an accepted example of education in culturally competent care. Moreover, there is considerable evidence that there are disparities in the health care status of racial and ethnic minorities in the country and in the medical care provided.


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