Nurse practitioners' contributions to cultural competence in primary care settings

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Abstract

Purpose: To document unique ways Nurse Practitioners (NPs) contribute to the delivery of culturally competent healthcare to diverse and underserved patient populations in urban primary care practices. Data Sources: Data are from a multi-year, multi-site study and includes 50 intensive interviews with healthcare professionals and repeated observations at three urban primary health clinics in a Northeastern U.S. city. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Different healthcare professionals reported common perspectives on cultural competence dealing with distinctive patient communities, including altruistic motivations, advocacy, and addressing root causes while treating diverse patients. What made NPs distinct among healthcare workers in this study was the comprehensiveness of their cultural competence approaches, both in patient interactions and within healthcare teams. NPs established culturally sensitive partnerships with patients, encouraged self-advocacy, addressed contextual considerations, and adjusted practices to meet the patient needs. They also developed niches in multidisciplinary teams that emphasized holistic approaches to establish trust and to cross cultural boundaries, both with other health professionals and their diverse patients. © 2012 The Author(s) Journal compilation © 2012 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *cultural competence
  • *health care
  • *health disparity
  • *human
  • *nurse attitude
  • *nurse practitioner
  • *primary health care
  • *primary medical care
  • *qualitative analysis
  • United States
  • article
  • city
  • clinical trial
  • community
  • health care personnel
  • health care quality
  • health center
  • health practitioner
  • hospital patient
  • human
  • interview
  • methodology
  • motivation
  • multicenter study
  • patient
  • patient care
  • population
  • qualitative research
  • standard
  • statistics

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  • Matteliano M.A.

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