Diversity in Healthcare

June 4, 2012

A group of Dutch researchers (Celik et al. 2008) performed a study on diversity in Healthcare and found out that most patients are treated with a ‘one-fits-all’ approach. Only gender is taking into account to treat patients (women and men) in a more personalized way. The researchers state that “special needs and preferences related to different cultural backgrounds, age, and social economic status are hardly noticed”. According to them, this could be changed through education and training of professionals in the particular context they are immersed. Likewise sharing of knowledge is also pointed out as a very important aspect. Nowadays, this could be implemented through knowledge (online) networks where professionals can exchange information and experiences.

This is a very interesting article as it could be a way towards a more “patient-centric” healthcare.

For more information: Celik, H, Abma, T, Widdershoven, G, van Wijmen, F, & Klinge, I (2008), ‘Implementation of diversity in healthcare practices: barriers and opportunities’, Patient Education And Counseling, 71, 1, pp. 65-71

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