Developing Cultural Praxis

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The ever-evolving composition of the U.S. population prompts healthcare systems to adapt in order to provide care to diverse populations. Health disparities exist, and it is part of our responsibility as medical professionals to reflect on how the sociocultural determinants of health affect outcomes and uncover our unconscious or implicit biases to work towards health equity. The author defines this process as cultural praxis, drawing from Freire’s theory on developing a critical consciousness and understanding cultural humility. Physicians must also understand the systematic problems that lead to inequities in healthcare; the author defines this as structural competence. As in professional identity formation, development of a critical consciousness is an ongoing process that requires reflection, and cultural praxis is more than a set of competencies to be satisfied. This discusses strategies for developing cultural praxis, and provide reflective opportunities in scenarios in which cultural praxis is particularly important, such as in end-of-life care.

Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Medical Professionalism
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197506226, 9780197506257
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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