Cultural competence in health care: An emerging theory

Isabelle Soulé

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This study examined the current state of cultural competence in health care using a qualitative descriptive design. Interviews were conducted with 20 multidisciplinary experts in culture and cultural competence from the United States and abroad. Findings identified 3 themes; awareness, engagement, and application that crossed 4 domains of cultural competence; intrapersonal, interpersonal, system/organization, and global.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • cultural competence
  • culture
  • global health
  • health care education
  • population health
  • refugee/immigrant health
  • self-awareness
  • theory development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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