Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations

A guide to help assessment and treatment of patients from diverse populations.

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Working with African American Patients

Learn more working with African American patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Appalachian Patients

Learn more working with Appalachian patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Asian Patients

Learn more working with Asian patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Latino/a Patients

Learn more working with Latino/a patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with LGBTQ Patients

Learn more working with LGBTQ patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Muslim Patients

Learn more working with Muslim patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Native American Patients

Learn more working with Native American patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Refugee / Forced Displacement Patients

Learn more working with Refugee and Forced Displacement patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Working with Women Patients

Learn more working with Women patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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About

Understanding a patient’s culture and background can help you in providing the highest quality of care. The APA Best Practice Highlights provide information on particular populations’ demographics, significant history, a few best practice, and disparities and stigma to help you contextualize your assessment and treatment. These resources are not meant to be a comprehensive practice guideline, but rather are designed to offer a brief overview to assist you in your day-to-day practice. We encourage you to check back for new and updated resources, and utilize the DSM-5® Handbook of the Cultural Formulation Interview to help account for the influence of culture in your clinical work to enhance the patient-clinician communication and improve outcomes.