Moving Past Stereotypes With the Roma - OT455

Moving Past Stereotypes With the Roma

by Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, CTN-A
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This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)


This course introduces the Roma or Romani (previously called “gypsies”). It presents common Romani values, beliefs, and practices related to healthcare. It also provides insight into the promotion of culturally competent care so providers can better care for this patient population. The Roma are a particularly diverse group, having migrated to multiple geographic areas throughout the world. Providers can use generalizations about Roma cultural practices as a starting point for patient and family assessments, but they need to ask Romani patients and their families about their unique values and practices. As North America becomes more culturally diverse, providing culturally congruent care to patients and their families and integrating cultural values, beliefs, and practices into care plans, become crucial to increase patient and family satisfaction and improve healthcare outcomes.


The goal of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the Romani culture so that they can provide culturally congruent care to Romani patients and their families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the history of the Romani people, including geographical origin, language, and religion.
  • Identify healthcare-related cultural values and traditions important to the Romani patient and family.
  • Discuss interventions helpful in integrating Romani cultural values and traditions into the plan of care.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.