Applying Theory to Assess Cultural Competency.

Applying Theory to Assess Cultural Competency. Med Educ Online. 2005 Dec;10(1):4378 Authors: Blue AV, Thiedke C, Chessman AW, Kern DH, Keller A Abstract Using a theoretical cultural competency model, the effectiveness of a cultural competency learning assignment was examined to determine: 1) students' cultural competency levels as reflected through the assignment, and 2) the effectiveness of the assignment as a cultural competency learning activity. Third-year family medicine clerkship students completed a required project to research and reflect upon a patient's "cultural belief." Applying a model of cultural competence development, a content analysis of written project reports determined what level of cultural competence was expressed by students' reflections. Results indicated16% of students were at "no insight", 18% at "minimal emphasis" and 66% at "acceptance." While many students expressed an "acceptance" competence level, not all students expressed the desired level of acceptance about the role of cultural beliefs in medical care. Application of a cultural competency theory to assess learners permits educators to frame performance changes within the context of competency achievement and determine if desired levels of competency have been achieved. PMID: 28253150 [PubMed]
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