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What Do You Know About Providing Ethical Care?

Oral health professionals are charged with encouraging open communication with patients, and understanding their perception of health and disease, as influenced by traditional beliefs. Read on to see how much you know about providing ethical and culturally competent care.

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Culture influences a patient’s communication style, beliefs, understanding of health and disease, and attitude toward health care.

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Cultural competency is a set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enhance a clinician’s understanding of—and respect for—a patient’s values, beliefs, and expectations.

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Which of the following factors can encompasses diversity?

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Almost all cultural groups are prevention oriented.

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The principles of autonomy, beneficence, justice, and veracity provide a foundation for managing patient interactions and care, and integrating cultural respect into all clinical care situations.

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For practitioners, the challenge is to balance ethical principles and the need to meet the standard of care within the context of a patient’s cultural beliefs.

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Using plain language, or “living room” language, is not important when providing care to a diverse patient population.

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What Do You Know About Providing Ethical Care?
Congrats!
Congrats! You understand the ins and outs of providing ethical and culturally competent care. Get out there and put your know-how to good use!
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Well done! You’ve got the basics, but there’s more to learn. Continue to study the latest in providing ethical and culturally competent care. You’ve got this!
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Not bad, but there’s room to grow when it comes to understanding how to provide ethical and culturally competent care. Consider reading more about this critical part of dental hygiene practice. Good luck!

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