A Biblically Based Model of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services
Table 1: Assumptions Of The Model
►The Bible is the foundation for culturally competent care
►Absolute “Truth” exists and it exists is the contents of God’s mind.
►The foundational construct of cultural competence is “Imago Dei” (image of God).
► Intellectual and moral virtues provide the field of transcultural health care with “transcultural truth” that is biblically based.
► Cultural competence is a process, not an event.
►The process of cultural competence consists of the interdependent relationship among the constructs of “imago Dei,” cultural desire, cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill and cultural encounters and the integration of the intellectual and moral virtues of love, caring, justice, humility, love of truth, teachableness, intellectual honesty, wisdom, discernment, prudence, attentiveness, studiousness, practical wisdom, understanding, temperance, patience and compassion into these constructs.
►Cultural competence is based on a commitment to social justice.
►Cultural competence is an essential component in rendering effective and culturally responsive care to every patient.
► All encounters are sacred encounters.
►Cultural groups extend beyond a patient’s race, ethnicity or country of origin and are inclusive of cultural groups that are based on religious affiliation, language, physical size, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, political orientation, socio-economic status, occupational status and geographical location, to name a few.
►There is significant variation (intra-cultural variation) within cultural/ethnic groups as well as across cultural/ethnic groups.
►There is a positive and direct relationship between the healthcare professional’s level of biblical cultural competence and positive patient outcomes.
Figure 1: A Biblically Based Model Of Cultural Competence In The Delivery Of Healthcare Services: Seeing “Imago Dei”
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