The role of worldviews in health disparities education.

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Abstract

Worldviews are sets of beliefs and assumptions that express how cultures interpret and explain their experience. Worldview has been a useful explanatory construct in the social science literature, but has been used less often in the context of human health. Reducing and ultimately eliminating the negative role that health care providers play in producing health disparities will require a cultural change. Here I posit that "worldview" is a critically important concept for health disparities education that overtime will serve to transform the culture of health care professionals toward a more self-reflective, humble, and open-minded posture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S178-181
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume25 Suppl 2
StatePublished - May 1 2010

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