Communicating with older ethnic minority patients
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Communicating with older ethnic minority patients

Gloria Likupe Lecturer, University of Hull, Hull

In a time of increasing cultural diversity, it is essential that healthcare professionals respond by providing culturally competent care. Healthcare professionals must recognise the diverse needs of people from ethnic minority communities to ensure that they receive equal standards of care. This is particularly pertinent when providing care for older ethnic minority patients who may not be fluent in English. This article focuses on the need to communicate effectively with this group of patients to meet their health and social care needs, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes.

Nursing Standard. 28, 40,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.40.37.e8171

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 31 July 2013

Accepted: 09 December 2013