Knowledge of diversity - Diversity
Knowledge of diversity
You may wonder whether it makes sense to have knowledge of specific target groups. The students were very clear about this question: yes. Because it helps you to understand the patient faster and better, and thus to help you better. Moreover, armed with that knowledge, you can deal better with difficult situations in practice. It is clear that communication often requires extra attention.
You may also have to deal with a specific demand for care (in terms of content), for example in pregnant women, dental problems in people with severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disorders and polypharmacy in very old elderly people. To be able to provide good care you need to know which health problems are common and which consequences they have. Not only for physical functioning, but also for psychological and social functioning. You also need to know the social map of the district or region.
There is another reason why knowledge of specific target groups is important. The Dutch government believes that everyone must be able to participate in society. Everyone does this in his own way and with his own capabilities. But that must be possible. Nobody can be excluded from it. That is called: including policy. Everyone joins. This intention is clearly visible in the name of the network for people with a disability or a chronic illness: Every (in) (https://iederin.nl/) and the video about it (https://iederin.nl/video/).