Cheryl, R. Swanson, RN, PhD(c), CCRN
The Case for Studying Cultural Competence from the Perspective of the Hispanic Immigrant Patient: A State of the Science
Cheryl R. Swanson, RN, PhD(c), CCRN

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Abstract: Hispanic immigrants have contributed to 56% of the nation's growth providing a challenge to nurses and other U.S. health providers in delivering culturally competent care. This state of the science paper examines representative research on the topic of cultural competence from the perspective of the Hispanic immigrant patient. Twenty-two articles were identified and summarized. It was found that the origins and cultures of the Hispanic population are often extremely varied further complicating the ability for Hispanic patients to receive culturally competent care. The research indicates that this population requires further study as to their needs and experiences with the U.S. healthcare system.

Keywords: Hispanic, Mexican, immigrant, cultural competence, perceptions of care, patient perspective, U.S. healthcare

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