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The Evidence Base for Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Health Care

Full Citation: Goode TD, Dunne MC, Bronheim SC. The Evidence Base for Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Health Care Executive Summary New York, NY: The Commonwealth Fund, 2006 Oct.

The link below is to an executive summary of a review of the evidence regarding the “impact of cultural and linguistic competence in health and mental health care on health outcomes and well-being and the costs and benefits to the system.” Mostly the summary concludes that the field is in “early stages of development” and the impact of cultural and linguistic competence in the health field is unknown at present. However, paragraphs under Current Evidence on Outcomes and Well-Being describe some studies showing that culturally and linguistically appropriate patient education did positively affect variables related to health behavior, disease outcomes, and patient satisfaction.

The executive summary can be read at: http://www.cmwf.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=413821&#do

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