Increase Cultural Competency with CultureVision

Increase Cultural Competency with CultureVision


In this video, we’ll look at how you can locate information about cultural, religious, and ability groups in CultureVision so that you can ask better questions as a healthcare provider or as a representative of another field. CultureVision is an web-based encyclopedia. It provides up-to-date information about these groups so that healthcare workers have the information they need to provide culturally-competent care. CultureVision may also be useful to workers in fields like counseling, international business, theology, and others. This regularly-updated database is a product of the consulting firm Cook Ross, experts in unconscious bias. Login according to your school’s method of accessing online library resources. You may login to your school’s online portal and follow a link to LIRN or the database. Or you may go to this URL and login with your school’s LIRN credentials. Once you’re logged in to the LIRN portal, you’ll see the Subject View which allows you to click on a subject category and see the relevant databases. You can also click on the Vendor View tab to see databases listed alphabetically beneath the name of the vendor. CultureVision will open in a new tab. The most common way to navigate CultureVision is by using the drop-down menus under the heading Select Groups. You can choose an Ethnic Group, a Religious Group, or one of the Additional Communities. It’s important to note that CultureVision documents cultural traits and patterns, but these will not apply to all individuals. Just because a patient belongs to one of these groups does not guarantee he or she holds their common beliefs or practices. The information in CultureVision can give caregivers a broader range of questions to ask. Let’s say a Korean patient comes in to labor and delivery. A nurse wants to know if there are any specific cultural traits or patterns to be aware of. What are the pertinent questions to ask? I’m going to click on the ethnic group Korean. You’ll see that there’s an overview article about the culture along with links to other resources online. For many ethnic groups, CultureVision provides a link to the Additional Community Refugees and Torture Survivors in case that is relevant. Notice that on the left, there are links to specific categories of information about this ethnic group, including an online quiz you can take. I’m going to select the category Labor, Birth & After Care, then I’ll select the subcategory Birth Recuperation. One of the things that stands out to me here is that during the postpartum period, new mothers may believe it best to avoid cold foods and drinks. There’s an asterisk there and a special note indicating that this makes it important for caregivers to ask patients what temperature of beverage they would like. This can help ensure that patients remain hydrated. Let’s look at one of the Additional Communities. Perhaps a therapist is working with a deaf patient and wants to ensure that they follow the proper etiquette. I’ll choose the Additional Community Deaf/Hard of Hearing, then Etiquette. Here you’ll find recommendations for communicating with a deaf patient. Notice that there are also two subcategories here: Cultural Values and Behaviors and Controversial Subjects. Let’s take a look at Controversial Subjects. It’s worth noting that Cochlear implants are a controversial topic and that being deaf or hard of hearing is not necessarily considered a disability. If you have a very specific word or phrase you are trying to find, you can use the search box at the top right. There’s also a glossary linked at the top of the page, as well as several items under Tools: such as Questions to Ask, a Cultural Assessment Questionnaire, a Cultural Competence Learning Guide, and a Scavenger Hunt Exercise with several downloadable scavenger hunts. CultureVision can be a great tool for on-the-spot information as you need it. Or you may want to consider reading up on the Ethnic and Religious Groups and Additional Populations and taking the quizzes to broaden your awareness. If you would like to learn more about how to use other databases available from LIRN, take a look at the other videos and playlists on our YouTube channel.

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