Using Appreciative Inquiry to Improve Cultural Humility in Primary Healthcare

November 2023
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Primary care providers (PCPs) care for a more diverse population than ever before. PCPs must practice cultural humility to address inequities in health outcomes. The project aimed to introduce Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a method to begin conversations surrounding cultural humility and raise awareness about its importance. Nurse practitioners working in primary care in both rural and urban settings participated. Results indicated that AI did impact PCP understanding and use of cultural humility in practice.


Author: Cene’ L Livingston

Dr Cene’ Livingston is chair of Advanced Practice programs and professor of Nursing at Kramer School of Nursing. She has been a nurse for 28 years, and is dual-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Livingston has been interested in AI since 2012 and believes application of the process could improve healthcare providers’ approach to helping patients address modifiable risks to health. 


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