“The Case for Diversity” project reviewed 408 studies involving 41,920 people, offering “significant evidence” that culturally adapted therapies are more effective than programs targeting culturally mixed groups.
“Diversity has been a hallmark of contemporary Canadian society and it should be foundational to the planning and delivery of mental health services at all levels,” the report concludes. “Meeting the needs of IRER [immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized] populations is an urgent priority for the Canadian mental health system and its service providers.”
Some highlights in the report:
- Calls for improved collection and evaluation of data on ethnic background.
- Finds that culturally adapted programs increase client satisfaction and compliance and produce better health outcomes.
- Says addressing social determinants for immigrant, refugee and racialized populations is “paramount” to an effective strategy.
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