Improving equity and cultural responsiveness with marginalised communities: understanding competing worldviews

Wilson, D, Heaslip, VA ORCID: and Jackson, D 2018, 'Improving equity and cultural responsiveness with marginalised communities: understanding competing worldviews' , Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27 (19-20) , pp. 3810-3819.

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Aim To explore the impact of culture on health, healthcare provision and its contribution towards health inequity experienced by some marginalised communities. Background Health inequity is a global issue, which occurs across and within countries, and is the greatest barrier to worldwide health and the development of the human race. In response to this challenge, there is an international commitment to ensure universal health coverage based on the fundamental principle that individuals should be able to access healthcare services they need. Despite this, there is clear evidence that indigenous and other cultural minorities such as New Zealand Māori and Gypsy Roma Travellers still experience far poorer health outcomes when compared to the majority population. Furthermore, when they do access health care, their experiences are often not positive and this in turn results in reluctance to access preventative health care, instead accessing health services much later, reducing treatment options and compounding higher mortality rates. What is often not explored or examined is the impact of the different cultural beliefs of individuals in these communities and the nurses caring for them. Design This is a position paper drawing upon research experience with New Zealand Māori and Gypsy Roma Travellers. We critically review the experiences of health inequity of marginalised communities. It does so by examining how these communities may have a different world view to the nurses caring for them, and it is this lack of understanding and valuing of alternative worldviews that contributes to the poorer health outcomes both communities face. Conclusion and relevance to clinical practice As nurses work with many different individuals and groups, we have to find ways of ensuring a more embracing, culturally responsive healthcare environment which respects and values the beliefs of others.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0962-1067
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 13:21
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 13:21

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