Title

Teaching Health Care Students about Disability within a Cultural Competency Context

Abstract

The training of health care providers has been identified as key to resolving the health disparities experienced by persons with disabilities. We contend that: 1) cultural competency provides a useful conceptual framework for teaching disability-related content to health professions students; 2) educational experiences can be structured to reflect the socio-cultural complexity of the ‘disability culture;’ 3) desired competencies associated with culture can be defined with regard to professionals' approach to patients with disabilities; 4) exposure to persons who have disabilities in their homes allows the student to make connections between the nuances of daily life with a disability and one's health care needs; 5) the framework allows the disability culture to be integrated with other cultural contexts, including race and ethnicity; and 6) the framework acknowledges the potential impact of providers' conscious or unconscious recognition of their potential membership in the disability culture on their approach to patients with disabilities.

Publication Date

10-1-2013

Journal Title

Disability and Health Journal

Publisher

Elsevier

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.05.002

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.