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Advances in Nursing Science:
Diversity In Health Care

Culturally Competent Scholarship: Substance and Rigor

Meleis, Afaf Ibrahim PhD, DrPS(hon), FANN,

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Abstract

There is an urgency to the development of culturally competent care.This urgency is due to increasing diversity, increasing disclosure of identities, care delivery moving to home, and increasing inequity in access to health care. The development of a knowledgebase for culturally competent care is constrained by substantive and methological issues, such as the limited view of culture as a unit analysis and limitations in designs and methods that could capture the intergrative nature of participants' experiences. Therefore, I propose that components of foundational knowledge in nursing may include, but should not be limited to, populations and their cultures; culture-specific nursing phenomena; and responses to diversity, marginalization, vulnerability, and transitions. To develop culturally competent knowledge, researchers, theoreticians, and reviewers are urged to address eight criteria to ensure rigor and credibility in scholarship: contextuality, relevance, communication styles awareness of identity and power differentials, disclosure, reciprocation, empowerment, and time.

Copyright © 1996 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.

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