Perceptions of health professionals of obstetrics/gynecology departments regarding the concept of intercultural care in the region of central Macedonia
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Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health and caring Sciences, University of west Attica, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Charalambia Vougiouka   

Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health and caring Sciences, University of west Attica, Athens, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A95
Greece is a multicultural country, especially in recent years, and health professionals must be able to provide culturally appropriate health care. Cross-cultural midwifery is an important aspect of health care. The growing multicultural population in most developed countries is a major challenge for midwives and doctors, who are called upon to provide individual and comprehensive care to their patients. To do this, health professionals need to recognize and understand cultural differences in values, beliefs and care practices. This requires them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for cultural competence. The aim of this study was to investigate the intercultural obstetrical competence of obstetrical health professionals in Central Macedonia and how the health personnel respond to the intercultural needs of each health unit.

Material and Methods:
Relevant surveys were carried out with a questionnaire to the medical staff of the above departments. The questionnaires were designed to explore cultural competence through knowledge, skills, dealing with intercultural situations, cultural awareness, education and training. Data were statistically processed using SPSS 25 software.

Factor analysis of the questionnaire highlighted the need for more personalized and culturally adapted care and training in intercultural midwifery from the first year of study.

The study concluded that training health professionals, raising awareness of multiculturalism and diversity, and acquiring basic skills are necessary to perform their duties more effectively and improve the quality of care. The healthcare system, and more broadly, is moving towards a more humanistic educational model.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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