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Cultural, Racial, & Ethnic Diversity in Home Health Patient Populations

January 1, 2013

This brief provides an overview of the training tools that home care teams at an Oakland, California agency use to support diverse populations, and presents national data on demographics of home health users. A case study is also included that highlights how cultural competency improved health outcomes for a 91-year-old home health patient who is a native Chinese speaker.

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Key Takeaways

Patient cultural background is key to patient-centered plans that address patient needs and aid recovery process.
Home health users of minority backgrounds often face more health challenges than the average Medicare beneficiary.
U.S. trends for home health care show that patients receiving Medicare benefit often come from diverse backgrounds.

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