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ERIC Number: EJ975578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
An Overview of Undergraduate Training in Cultural Competency and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
Lyons, Zaza; Laugharne, Jonathan
Education Research and Perspectives, v38 n2 p57-68 Dec 2011
Multiculturalism is a familiar concept in many developed countries. While cultural competency training is part of most medical curricula, training in cultural psychiatry at the undergraduate level is typically minimal. It is important that medical graduates are both culturally competent and able to respond to the mental health needs of patients from diverse cultures. This paper provides an overview of the teaching of cultural competency and cultural psychiatry to medical students, and discusses aspects of cultural psychiatry that could be included in medical courses. It was concluded that there needs to be more attention given to teaching of cultural psychiatry in the undergraduate curriculum. The challenge for medical curricula is in the provision of cultural psychiatry content to ensure that students are able effectively to communicate, assess and treat patients from different cultural backgrounds by the time they graduate and begin their professional careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia