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Finding Culturally Sensitive Interventions in Primary Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics defines culturally sensitive care as "the delivery of care within the context of appropriate physician knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of all cultural distinctions leading to optimal health outcomes." Providing culturally safe and sensitive care enhances patient-centered care, one of the six aims of quality defined by the Institute of Medicine and a part of the Triple Aim for populations as defined by the Institute for Health Improvement.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss their research on culturally sensitive interventions

In this episode, Maya Ragavan, MD, and John Cowden, MD, join us to discuss culturally sensitive interventions in pediatric primary care settings. Drs. Ragavan and Cowden published a systematic review on this topic in the February 2022 issue of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ragavan is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Cowden is a professor of pediatrics, qualified bilingual primary care pediatrician, Culture and Language Coaching Program Director and the Health Equity Integration Project Leader at Children's Mercy Kansas City.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Their motivations for identifying existing intervention programs
  • The definition of culturally sensitive care and its derivatives
  • Key findings and observations from the review article
  • The future of research in cultural sensitivity
  • The importance of including community-based organizations as true partners
  • Tips for integrating culturally sensitive care

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