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Intercultural mediation in mental health care 

Intercultural mediation in mental health care
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Intercultural mediation in mental health care
Author(s):

Adil Qureshi

, Olga Ananyeva

, and Francisco Collazos

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0038
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date: 07 May 2021

As healthcare systems are challenged to respond to the linguistic and cultural diversity that accompanies migrations, a common response is the deployment of the figure of the ‘intercultural mediator’ (ICM). This chapter will explore some of the key issues related to intercultural mediation that complicate the ICM being an effective component of interculturally competent mental health care. We provide a background of the rationale for the existence of the ICM and outline some of the serious factors, both conceptual and practical, which complicate matters, and explore the specific role possibilities for effective functioning in mental health care settings.

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