Various factors facilitate overall equity, proficiency, and quality of care in health care facilities which upon a proper addressing justice for all can be promoted. Both the patients and care providers originate from diverse backgrounds- cultures, races, and ethnicities. Within the health care environment, diversity is widespread; hence, the need for cultural sensitivity and ethics which are essential in providing efficient and smooth care. However, both issues have been overlooked, impacting health care facilities and their environments severely negatively. Cultural sensitivity in health care refers to the concept of health care professionals developing the skills to attend to a patient's distinctive combination of cultural variables. Such variables include language/ ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, beliefs, and religion, among many others ensuring proficiency in working with the cultural setting of their patients. Ethics encompasses decision making and refers to a complicated approach utilized by professionals in health care to provide solutions for ethical dilemmas. It includes, among other aspects; legal issues, morals, values, professional and personal experiences. This paper explains how cultural sensitivity and ethics influence health care as a current public policy issue. Cultural sensitivity is a unique but old concept which can be defined as a social justice or human rights issue whose existence has been overlooked or forgotten, maybe, because of the modern society's dynamic pace of contemporary society. Cultural sensitivity influences the achievement
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- Fall '19
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