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[Correspondence] Culture and health

14 Feb 2015

The Culture and Health Commission by David Napier and colleagues1 is a comprehensive and important report. However, we would argue that a core competency for any health professional is to recognise that culture affects the way in which health and illnesses are viewed. This responsibility cannot be delegated to others, and is an integral part of health care; without it, health-care professionals' understanding of the patient as a person rather than as a disease or case is incomplete. The report2 recognises the importance of development and research of cultural training in medical education—some steps to start this have already taken place.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet