Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to Fix It

@article{Kleinman2006AnthropologyIT,
  title={Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to Fix It},
  author={A. Kleinman and P. Benson},
  journal={PLoS Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={3}
}
Cultural competency has become a fashionable term for clinicians and researchers. Yet no one can defi ne this term precisely enough to operationalize it in clinical training and best practices. It is clear that culture does matter in the clinic. Cultural factors are crucial to diagnosis, treatment, and care. They shape health-related beliefs, behaviours, and values. But the large claims about the value of cultural competence for the art of professional care-giving around the world are simply not… Expand
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