Cultural Considerations for Psychologists in Primary Care

Adeya Richmond, Jessica Jackson

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Abstract

Many health concerns in the United States (e.g., diabetes) are routinely managed in primary care settings. Regardless of the medical condition, patients’ health is directly influenced by factors such as healthcare providers and cultural background. Training related to how behaviors influence health, coupled with training on how cultural diversity intersects with mental health, allows psychologists to have the relevant expertise to assist in the development of primary care behavioral health interventions. However, many psychologists in primary care struggle with how to integrate a culture-centered paradigm into their roles as behavioral health providers. This paper provides an introduction on how three culture-centered concepts (providers’ cultural sensitivity, patient–provider cultural congruency, and patients’ health literacy) can be applied in primary care using the Five A’s Organizational Construct and a model of cultural competence. In addition, the paper includes a section on integration of cultural considerations into consultation and training and concludes with a discussion of how the three culture-centered concepts have implications for health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-315
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Jessica Jackson acknowledges the New Mexico State University RISE program (NIH NIGMS Grant R25GM061222) which supported her contribution to this manuscript.

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements Jessica Jackson acknowledges the New Mexico State University RISE program (NIH NIGMS Grant R25GM061222) which supported her contribution to this manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Copyright:
Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Behavioral health
  • Cultural congruency
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

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