Beginning with the End in Mind: Evaluating Outcomes of Cultural Competence Instruction in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Programme

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The education of physical therapists must prepare them for autonomous practice providing culturally appropriate care. Models are available to guide curricular changes for cultural competence but little is available on methods to assess the outcomes. This article describes two methods to measure outcomes of cultural competence instruction in physical therapy education. These methods are the integrated standardised patient examination (ISPE) and a refugee screening program. These outcomes will determine how cultural curricular changes will drive student learning. A refugee screening programme allows students to practice culturally appropriate care and measures outcomes of the cultural curriculum. Students meet with recent refugees while using a translator to obtain a health history and complete a systems review. Students discuss the results of their screening and make recommendations to the refugee and the primary physician. Students complete a debriefing questionnaire about the experience and their academic preparation.

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Panzarella, K. J. (2009). Beginning with the end in mind: evaluating outcomes of cultural competence instruction in a doctor of physical therapy programme. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(14), 1144-1152.

About This Study:

Outcome(s): Cultural Competence
Intervention(s): Cultural Competence Training
Intervention Duration: Not specified
Relevant ORR Program: Medical Screening
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Population(s): Refugees
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Adults
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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