Culturally Relevant Health Care: A View Based on Intercultural Communicative Competence

By Felipe Henriquez Valenzuela, Giorgia Abd-El-Kader Espinoza and Margarita Marilao Gorigoitía.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The intercultural nature of health care requires strategies that give priority to effectiveness within interactions such as communication. This article emphasizes communication in a health context—in particular, intercultural communicative competence—as a tool for culturally relevant health care, mentioning some important variables for effectiveness and adaptation in intercultural situations. In the same way, diversity and cultural competence and their relation to health care are highlighted. Finally, some questions are raised concerning culturally relevant health care.

Keywords: Communication in Health, Intercultural Communicative Competence, Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competence

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.41-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 359.656KB)).

Mag. Felipe Henriquez Valenzuela

Speech-Language Pathologist, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Temuco, Chile

Felipe Henríquez is a speech-language pathologist with a M.A. in Language Disorders and Speech. His areas of work are development and communication disorders and language throughout the life cycle. His fields of competence are neuropsychology of language, communication disorders in adults, intercultural communication, and equity issues in education and health. He works on speech therapy at the School of Health Sciences at the Catholic University of Temuco—Chile and he is a member of the Latin American Society of Neuropsychology.

Giorgia Abd-El-Kader Espinoza

Universidad Católica de Temuco, Temuco, Chile

Margarita Marilao Gorigoitía

Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile