Incorporating Multiculturalism in Medical Decisional Capacity Assessment
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Second Committee Member
Assessment; Multicultural awareness; Culturally diverse geriatric population
As the demography of the U.S. population becomes increasingly older and culturally diverse, psychologists must develop greater multicultural competency and abilities to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate clinical services. This paper focuses on the dire need for the development of multicultural approach to medical decisional capacity evaluation. The purpose of this paper is to examine the common clinical and ethical dilemmas faced by psychologists when evaluating culturally diverse geriatric population. For instance, the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate cognitive and functional assessment measures with sound reliability, validity, and normative properties is discussed in detail. This paper introduces possible solutions to the dilemmas and aims to ultimately contribute to increased multicultural awareness within the U.S. healthcare system.
Yamato, Yuko, "Incorporating Multiculturalism in Medical Decisional Capacity Assessment" (2010). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 118.