Title

Level of cultural competence of physical competence of physical therapists and PT Interns in the Affliated centers of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Date of Completion

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Cultural Competency, Physical Therapists

Abstract

This is a quantitative study using non-probability sampling. Clinical supervisors, licensed physical therapists, and PT interns of batch 2012 practicing in DLSHSI affiliation centers were chosen as the respondents. The tool was adapted from Cultural Competency for Health Administration and Public Health by Rose (2011). The self-assessment questionnaire has two (2) parts. The first part is comprised of the information regarding the respondent demographics. The second part of the tool is a questionnaire regarding the respondents’ cultural competency. Data was analyzed through frequency, mean and percentage. The investigators concluded that the physical therapists and PT interns have a high level of competency in almost all of the items in the self-assessment. However, the items with the lowest results are in terms of ensuring that the physical environment is appropriate or is welcoming to the patients. There are several factors that may attribute to the respondents’ cultural competence such as years of experience, age, gender, cross-cultural encounters, as well as efforts in educating oneself regarding culture of patients. Even though cultural competence was not part of a curriculum, an individual may become culturally competent because of cross-cultural experiences. However, it was established that a CCPT subject in the curriculum would be helpful to improve a medical practitioner’s cultural competence.

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