Patient Safety Tool: Cultural Competence Self-Assessment

The American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust offers a free cultural competence self-assessment developed by Dennis Andrulis and colleagues.

Dennis Andrulis, formerly a research professor at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently a senior research scientist at the Texas Health Institute in Austin, developed the self-assessment in collaboration with Thomas Delbanco at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Laura Avakian at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and Yoku Shaw-Taylor at the Public Health Foundation in Washington, D.C.


The cultural competence self-assessment is designed to help healthcare organizations determine their understanding of the cultural backgrounds of their patients and employees. The questions in the assessment are divided into three sections focusing on the ethnic/cultural characteristics of the staff and organization, healthcare organizational approaches to meeting different cultural needs and the organization's relationship with local communities, respectively.

Download the cultural competence self-assessment for use in your own facility.

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