Putting culture in the curriculum: a European project

Raija Sairanen, Eileen Richardson, Helene Kelly, Eva Bergknutt, Liisa Koskinen, P. Lundberg, Nita Muir, Helen Olt, Lily De Vlieger

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the rationale for and the method of designing a framework for a European curriculum to promote intercultural competence in health care students. The background relating to the migration of people into and across Europe is cited as the factor driving the need for such a project. The project group emerged from the European organisation known as COHEHRE (Consortium of Higher Education Institutes in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe). Composed of a group of nurse educators from 5 European countries it charts the process which led them to create a curriculum framework. The completed work is available in the form of a CD-ROM. The paper describes the steps taken to reach the project outcomes over 4 years. The methods of dissemination of the project outcomes are included. The discussion considers the journey of the group towards the outcomes of the project and identifies the need to discover how effective the framework is in achieving the aims of the group. In conclusion it articulates the hope that this work will improve the care which is shown to all recipients of health care whatever their cultural background.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2012


  • Cultural competence
  • Curriculum
  • European perspective


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