Who Should Use the Toolkit
Doctors, nurses, and other health care practitioners are central to the functioning of health care systems and to societies as a whole. However, few societies have been as racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse as the United States, presenting challenges and opportunities. Each new wave of immigration provides a reminder of these challenges and opportunities.
In their individual encounters with patients, other clinical professionals who care for diverse populations need to incorporate knowledge about their patients' perceptions of illness and disease, belief systems, individual preferences, communication styles, and preferred language. In doing so, clinicians can provide the best possible care to their patients and equip them with appropriate resources.
The need for accurate data is critical so hospitals can target the resources clinicians need (interpreter services, patient educational materials, food, etc.) to provide quality health care to their patients. The links to the right in the blue sidebar provide background information about the importance of collecting information about patients' race, ethnicity, and language and about how to collect the data.
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