Healthcare Providers’ Attitudes and Experiences of the Quality Use of Medications Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Patients in Australia: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies

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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health


This review aims to identify healthcare providers’ (HCPs) experiences with issues related to the quality use of medicines among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients, the underlying factors, and the enablers of and barriers to providing culturally safe care to promote quality use of medicines. The searched databases were Scopus, Web of Science, Academic search complete, CINHAL-Plus, Google Scholar and PubMed/Medline. The initial search returned 643 articles, of which 14 papers were included. HCPs reported that CALD patients were more likely to face challenges in accessing treatment and sufficient information about treatment. According to the theoretical domains framework, determinants such as social influences due to cultural and religious factors, lack of appropriate resources about health information and cultural needs, lack of physical and psychological capabilities such as lack of knowledge and skills, and lack of motivation could impede HCPs’ abilities to provide culturally safe care. Future interventions should deploy multilevel interventions, such as education, training, and organisation structural reforms.

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