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Cultural and Linguistic Competency

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers several resources for improving cultural and linguistic competency in delivering health care.

Setting the Agenda for Research on Cultural Competence in Health Care

Examines how cultural and linguistic competency affects health care delivery and health outcomes and contains a review of the literature, including article abstracts, and a comprehensive research agenda.

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Oral, Linguistic, and Culturally Competent Services: Guides for Managed Care Plans

AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have developed guides to assist health plans in developing plans for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

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Providing Oral Linguistic Services

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Planning Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

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What Is Cultural and Linguistic Competence? Explanations of the definitions used in the guides.

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Health Literacy and Cultural Competency Browse

A listing of information products and research findings specific to health literacy and cultural and linguistic competency.

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