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April 1, 2014

WCMC-Q Symposium Explores Ways to Transcend Cultural Barriers to Healthcare

Weill Cornell - March 17 2014-313.jpgExperts from the United States visited Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) to speak at the country’s first cultural competence in healthcare symposium.

The one-day event, entitled Culturally Competent Patient-Centered Healthcare: A Special Focus on Qatar, was hosted by WCMC-Q’s Department of Global and Public Health.

Delegates discussed topics relating to the practice of medicine in international settings, the challenges posed by language barriers and cultural sensitivities, and strategies to mitigate these issues in order to provide the best possible healthcare to patients from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The symposium was attended by WCMC-Q researchers, faculty and students, as well as by nurses and physicians from Hamad Medical Corporation. The aim of the symposium was to show how cultural competence in healthcare can enhance patient-provider communication, eliminate disparities in access to healthcare and ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.

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