- November 25th 2011
Study after study has shown that racial and ethnic disparities exist in health care delivery. How do health care professionals and others eliminate them?
One approach appears to be gaining momentum: Mandate cultural competency training for physicians.
In 2005, New Jersey began requiring physicians to take continuing medical education courses that provide a grounding in culturally competent patient care, in addition to CME courses needed to maintain their licenses.
California also mandates cultural competency training for physicians, while Maryland "strongly recommends" it. And debates about requiring such training are taking place in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Washington, according to the Dept. of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health.
"My sense is that [cultural competency training] is increasing dramatically," said Robert Like, MD, professor of family medicine and director of the Center for Healthy Families [Read more]