Graduation Date

12-2016

Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase Clow, Ph.D.

First Reader

Joshua Horowitz, Ph.D.

Abstract

In healthcare facilities there are many factors that contribute to overall equity, efficiency, and quality of care which if addressed properly can promote justice for all. Patients relying on healthcare facilities come from a variety of races, ethnicities, and cultures as are the employees who provide care for the patients. Diversity is very widespread within the healthcare environment and tolerance as well as acceptance of others is necessary in conducting smooth and efficient care. However, cultural sensitivity and competency seems to continue to be an issue that has been neglected and has severely negatively impacted healthcare centers and its surrounding communities. This paper is an investigation of cultural sensitivity, its impact, and application to help cease current social constructs impeding care within healthcare facilities. I will be analyzing previous scholarly literature on the subject with intention of orchestrating possible remedies or solutions to this continual widespread issue that has only recently been receiving awareness. My goal is to raise more awareness and provide possible solutions such as, more education and training to those in the professional healthcare field to help close the cultural gap and dilemma present in today’s society.

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