TA Coalition Assessment Working Papers: Cultural and Linguistic Competence as a Strategy to Address Health Disparities in Inpatient Treatment

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Cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) is a recognition of the unique cultural differences shaping the patient’s access to treatment and his or her response and adherence to treatment regimens, and adapting screening and treatment interventions to that individual’s cultural background and influences. A provider’s CLC is an important element in ensuring that minority individuals in psychiatric inpatient treatment settings or at risk of being admitted to psychiatric inpatient treatment facilities achieve positive outcomes that avoid or hasten the duration of treatment in an inpatient setting.

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