Practising cultural humility to promote person and family-centred care
Intended for healthcare professionals

Practising cultural humility to promote person and family-centred care

Lucille Kelsall-Knight Lecturer in children’s nursing, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the concept of cultural humility

  • To develop your awareness of conscious and unconscious personal and cultural bias

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

The concept of cultural humility in nursing involves an awareness of diversity and how an individual’s culture can affect their health behaviours. Nurses can use this awareness to develop sensitive, tailored and person-centred approaches to patient care, which ultimately contribute to a positive healthcare experience. This article examines the concept of cultural humility with reference to person and family-centred care. It also explores how individuals and organisations can challenge discriminatory attitudes and behaviours in the workplace.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11880

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Kelsall-Knight L (2022) Practising cultural humility to promote person and family-centred care. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11880

Published online: 17 January 2022

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