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by Professor Nisha
Last reviewed: October 2017
This module aims to help you
understand how your views on diversity impact on your
interactions with the world, and in particular, how this may affect
your work within psychiatry.
Even those who are familiar and respectful
of diversity issues need to reflect on their practice. The approach
taken in this module recognises that it is important to be
inclusive and engage in active, constructive dialogue rather than
take dogmatic positions. Perhaps equally important is the need to
provide quality patient-centred care.
Respecting diversity is not merely doing
what patients want us to do, however. It is about being aware that
the reasons for their views are often complex and we need to
understand them better so we can work with them. Thus, we can make
management plans that are not only medically appropriate
but also make sense to the patient.
Recognising our prejudices is also one step
in the process of ensuring that both our organisations as a
whole and we as individuals are compliant with
current legislation regarding diversity. Rather than focusing
on what beliefs individuals hold, our approach is to
acknowledge that we all have biases and prejudices, some of which
may inhibit our ability to comply with legislation.
Start the module
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