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Research Article  |   August 1992
Culturally Competent Occupational Therapy in a Diversely Populated Mental Health Setting
Author Affiliations
  • Maria Dillard, OTR, is Director of Occupational Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110
  • Lynne Andonian, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
  • Olivia Flores, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
  • Lisa Lai, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
  • Anne MacRae, PhD, (cand.), OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
  • Muhjah Shakir, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California
Article Information
Mental Health / Practice
Research Article   |   August 1992
Culturally Competent Occupational Therapy in a Diversely Populated Mental Health Setting
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1992, Vol. 46, 721-726. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.8.721
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1992, Vol. 46, 721-726. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.8.721
Abstract

Cultural sensitivity is a crucial component of health care provision, particularly in psychiatric settings. As society becomes more multicultural, it is essential for occupational therapists to continue to develop cultural competence, which is defined in this paper as an awareness of, sensitivity to, and knowledge of the meaning of culture. At San Francisco General Hospital, an innovative multicultural model consisting of special focus programs is used. The key to the success of such programs is a culturally competent professional staff.