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Culture 

Culture
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Culture
Author(s):

Patrick Callaghan

, Edward McCann

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Edward McCann

, and Edward McCann

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0010
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date: 08 May 2021

Service users’ cultural heritage, background, and orientation influence their values, beliefs, and behaviour, which in turn influence how they react to and represent health and illness experiences, and their response to health care. This chapter considers the need for mental health nurses to recognize the impact of service users’ ethnic and cultural diversity on their experiences of mental health care, as a lack of such awareness leads to disparity, inequity, and inequalities in health care. The chapter describes how mental health nurses can deliver care that is culturally capable and competent. In particular, it discusses the fundamental principles of culturally competent care and describes how mental health nurses can uphold these principles in routine practice.

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