Evaluation of cultural competence and antiracism training in child health services

Arch Dis Child. 2003 Apr;88(4):291-4. doi: 10.1136/adc.88.4.291.


Aims: To evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of cultural competence and antiracism training to professionals providing services to ill or disabled children.

Methods: Immediate post-training and retrospective questionnaire survey of trainees. Main outcome measures were acceptability; perceived relevance to practice; previous training in this area; perceived impact on professionals' confidence in providing care to diverse communities; and reported changes in behaviour and practice.

Results: Cultural competence and antiracism training has been neglected in the health sector but is well received by professionals. It is a positive experience for trainees and perceived to be relevant to their practice. Appropriate and non-threatening training in cultural competence changes attitudes, behaviours, and practice, including promoting good practice in communication across linguistic and cultural differences.

Conclusions: Appropriate cultural competence and antiracism training is both effective and acceptable in child health services.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel / ethnology
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / standards*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Culture*
  • Disabled Children
  • Education, Continuing / methods*
  • England
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Prejudice*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Teaching Materials
  • Wales
  • Workforce