Cultural Sensitivity in Health-Care Settings There is increasing attention to functional health status as an under-appreciated aspect of health care in this country. This focus on functional health status can serve to increase the recognition of the role of cultural and individual differences in the delivery of health care services. The National Committee on ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Cultural Sensitivity in Health-Care Settings
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  • Travis Threats
    Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
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Article   |   October 01, 2005
Cultural Sensitivity in Health-Care Settings
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2005, Vol. 12, 3-6. doi:10.1044/cds12.3.3
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2005, Vol. 12, 3-6. doi:10.1044/cds12.3.3
There is increasing attention to functional health status as an under-appreciated aspect of health care in this country. This focus on functional health status can serve to increase the recognition of the role of cultural and individual differences in the delivery of health care services. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), an academic medical advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines functional health as follows:
  1. basic physical and cognitive activities such as walking or reaching, focusing attention, and communicating, as well as the routine activities of daily living, including eating, bathing, dressing, transferring, and toileting; and

  2. life situations such as school or play for children and, for adults, work outside the home or maintaining a household. (NCVHS, p. 2).

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