A Concept Analysis of Cultural Sensitivity

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Cultural sensitivity is used ubiquitously, yet different meanings are constructed. An improved understanding of the term as described within health care and in general would enhance nurses’ understanding and communication with professionals and clients. To uncover the current meaning of cultural sensitivity, a concept analysis was performed. Findings included the attributes of knowledge, consideration, understanding, respect, and tailoring. Necessary antecedents were diversity, awareness, and an encounter. The consequences were effective communication, effective intervention, and satisfaction. A definition of cultural sensitivity was proposed. Providers may benefit from recognizing and addressing the identified antecedents and attributes to obtain the positive consequences of employing cultural sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • concept analysis
  • cultural sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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