Having cultural competency also allows providers to better understand how certain illnesses may manifest differently depending on one’s culture or lifestyle which can be critical in providing the appropriate treatment plan. Being aware of the different expectations patients have regarding health care services will help to build trust between providers and their patients, which is crucial for a successful outcome.
Cultural competence is key to creating an environment in which everyone can discuss their medical concerns without feeling intimidated or judged. We risk alienating people who need care, but are intimidated by a lack of knowledge. This will further increase the disparities in today’s healthcare system.