Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy

"Cultural competence" is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals and enable that system, agency, or those professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Achieving cultural competence is a process, not an end point.

The importance of cultural competence in patient care is supported by APTA's Operational Plan on Cultural Competence (.pdf), the vision for the profession and numerous other policies, guidelines, and strategic documents.

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