In this article, we argue that attaining equity, and therefore peace in health care delivery, necessitates that nursing and other health care professions more carefully attend to the sociocultural context in which health care is delivered. That sociocultural context includes culturally diverse patients, families, and communities, as well as health care providers who are themselves culturally diverse. We draw on findings from Almutairi's doctoral research with health care providers in Saudi Arabia to argue for what he has identified as critical cultural competence for health care providers. In so doing, we explicate the complexity of cultural and linguistic issues and power relations induced by race, class, and gender that can contribute to vulnerabilities for health care providers and recipients alike.
School of Nursing, University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Drs Almutairi and Rondney); and King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Dr Almutairi).
Correspondence: Adel F. Almutairi, Doctor of Health Science, MSN, RN, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, T201-2211, Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5, Canada (Adel.Almutairi@nursing.ubc.ca or almutairiAd1@ngha.med.sa).
The authors express their appreciation and sincere gratitude to Dr Joan Anderson, Professor Emeritus at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, for her critical review and feedback on this article.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.