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MODULE 2: Multicultural communication in multiprofessional health care teams (MMHT)

What are multidisciplinary multicultural health teams?

Multidisciplinary multicultural health teams (MMHT) comprise of individuals from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and from different disciplines, working together in a healthcare setting , caring for a diverse group of patients.

Effective intercultural communication is necessary when working within a MMHT, to enable staff to communicate effectively and prevent misunderstandings. Good team working can help to ensure better patient safety and avoid incidents.

To read more about MMHT , download the Presentation for module 2 .

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aims for this Module are to enhance your awareness of:
  • respecting the different roles within the team including your own;
  • developing team spirit which includes the virtues of proper friendship, interdependence, concern for colleagues, encouragement and support;
  • sharing and broadening perspectives on multicultural multiprofessional communication in health care, and then synthesize key issues from the module.
After completing this week's activities you should have enhanced your:
  • knowledge of multiprofessional team members’ fields of competence;
  • knowledge of multicultural and multiprofessional teamwork;
  • skills in negotiating goals and plans for culturally competent and compassionate patient care within the multiprofessional team.


  1. Working in multicultural multi professional health teams
  2. Developing a team spirit
  3. Giving and receiving culturally competent compassion
  4. Perspectives on multicultural and multi professional teamwork


Key outputs

IENE 1, 2008-2010

  • Research report EN
  • PTT/IENE Model EN
  • Report of the survey EN
  • Good Practice Manual EN

IENE 2, 2010-2012

  • Transnational Report  EN
  • ToT methodology  EN  RO  FR  NL
  • Strategic Guide  EN
  • Final conference  EN
  • Brochure with project results  EN

IENE 3, 2013-2015

IENE 4, 2014-2016

  • Report on integrative literature reviews EN
  • Needs assessment report EN
  • An European model for the development of role models to promote and support culturally competent and compassionate care EN
  • Curriculum EN
  • Report of the Tools EN

IENE 5, 2015-2017

  • Needs assessment Report EN
  • Training Model EN RO IT EL DK
  • Curriculum EN
  • Handbook for MOOC facilitators EN
  • MOOC Best Practice Guide EN

IENE 6, 2016-2018

IENE 7, 2017-2019

IENE 8, 2018-2021

IENE 9, 2019-2021

IENE 10, 2020-2022

  • Download the project Outputs here.

IENE 11, 2021-2023

  • Download the project Outputs here.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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