Cultural training breaks down barriers to healthcare
August, 2014

Paramedics and ambulance physicians received training to help them provide the best possible treatment to people of all cultures in two courses held at the college.

WCMC-Q’s Center for Cultural Competence in Health Care (CCCHC) delivered three-and-a-half hours of training to newly recruited Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) ambulance physicians on 14 August, following a similar training session held for HMC paramedics back in April.

The cultural competence training, delivered by CCCHC director Maha Elnashar and associate specialist Huda Abdelrahim, helps medical professionals overcome linguistic and cultural differences that can sometimes be barriers to healthcare provision. The ambulance physicians received 3.5 HMC Continuing Medical Education credits for completing the training program, which, along with the paramedic course, forms part of the community outreach activities offered by the CCCHC.

Ms. Elnashar said: “Published research has proven that cultural competence training can make a real difference to the quality of care that patients receive. We are delighted that the ambulance physicians and paramedics attended these courses and engaged so positively, and that they found the training relevant to their work.

“In a diverse society such as ours here in Qatar, cultural barriers can pose significant problems for medical professionals as they attempt to administer care, but with targeted training these barriers can be overcome so that everyone receives the care they need, no matter what their background might be.”