This project involved the development and evaluation of cultural consultation services in the field of mental health in three hospitals in Montreal, including a children’s hospital. The goal was to improve access to culturally appropriate mental health services for patients from a range of cultural backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, various ethnocultural groups, and First Nations and Inuit patients. One of the sites offered only consultation to other practitioners; the others provided treatment as well. They all used the services of interpreters and “cultural brokers” to overcome the barriers to communication. The evaluation showed that a culturally sensitive intervention improved assessment and treatment. The project also developed a database of community resources and a Web site with links to other sites related to cultural competence.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.