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Cultural Assessment and Care Planning

Narayan, Mary Curry MSN, RN, CS, CTN

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: September 2003 - Volume 21 - Issue 9 - p 611-618
Clinical Concerns: CE

Culturally competent care adapts care to the patient’s cultural needs and preferences and begins with a cultural assessment that forms the care plan’s foundation. Nurses who assess their patients’ cultural beliefs, values, and practices are better able to individualize care and achieve positive outcomes. This article describes a cultural assessment tool, strategies for obtaining cultural assessment data, and a process for creating a culturally appropriate care plan.

Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, RN, CS, CTN, is a Clinical Specialist in Home Health Nursing and a Transcultural Nurse Specialist and HHN ’s Developmental Editor.

Address for correspondence: 10340 Brittenford Drive, Vienna, VA (Narayan@erols.com).

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.