Cultural Competence and Communication

Ramon L. Jimenez, MD

Cultural Competent Care (CCC) is the ability to relate to or to care in a competent manner for someone who is different from you in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, or political beliefs.

As part of the AAOS Communications Skills Mentoring Program, we use case scenarios to teach CCC. We give the caregiver typical identifying traits of certain races or ethnicities so that the caregiver can relate better to patients of those races or ethnicities and therefore care for them in a more culturally specific manner.

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