Teaching health care students about disability within a cultural competency context
Center for Health Policy and Research
*Cultural Competency; *Curriculum; *Delivery of Health Care; *Disabled Persons; Health Occupations; Humans; Students
Health Services Research | Medical Education
The training of health care providers has been identified as key to resolving the health disparities experienced by persons with disabilities. We contend that: 1) cultural competency provides a useful conceptual framework for teaching disability-related content to health professions students; 2) educational experiences can be structured to reflect the socio-cultural complexity of the 'disability culture;' 3) desired competencies associated with culture can be defined with regard to professionals' approach to patients with disabilities; 4) exposure to persons who have disabilities in their homes allows the student to make connections between the nuances of daily life with a disability and one's health care needs; 5) the framework allows the disability culture to be integrated with other cultural contexts, including race and ethnicity; and 6) the framework acknowledges the potential impact of providers' conscious or unconscious recognition of their potential membership in the disability culture on their approach to patients with disabilities.
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Citation: Disabil Health J. 2013 Oct;6(4):271-9. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 Jun 18. Link to article on publisher's site
Disability and health journal
Robey, Kenneth L.; Minihan, Paula M.; Long-Bellil, Linda M.; Hahn, Joan Earle; Reiss, John G.; and Eddey, Gary E., "Teaching health care students about disability within a cultural competency context" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 777.