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ERIC Number: EJ1055498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
The Assessment of Athletic Training Students' Knowledge and Behavior to Provide Culturally Competent Care
Nynas, Suzette Marie
Athletic Training Education Journal, v10 n1 p82-90 Jan-Mar 2015
Context: Culturally competent knowledge and skills are critical for all healthcare professionals to possess in order to provide the most appropriate health care for their patients and clients. Objective: To investigate athletic training students' knowledge of culture and cultural differences, to assess the practice of culturally competent care, and to determine efficacy of cultural competency instruction. Design: A mixed methods research design with a case study approach was utilized for this study. Setting: This study was conducted in an athletic training course over a 2-week time period. Patients or Other Participants: Ten athletic training students enrolled in a professional athletic training program at the master's level participated in this project. Sampling of participants was purposeful and based on convenience. Data Collection and Analysis: The Cultural Competence Assessment (CCA) instrument was administered and analyzed to determine athletic training students' cultural awareness, sensitivity, and behavior. An assessment questionnaire and focus group were used to determine the athletic training students' experiences in diversity and cultural competency education, to evaluate the efficacy of classroom activities, and to solicit athletic training students' feedback for recommendation regarding the delivery of cultural competency knowledge and skills in the athletic training curriculum. Results: The study revealed that athletic training students demonstrated good cultural awareness and sensitivity. However, it was also discovered that athletic training students were less likely to practice culturally competent care. Conclusion(s): Both didactic and clinical experiences increased athletic training students' cultural competency; however, athletic training students wanted to spend more time on cultural competency within the curriculum. Athletic training students also believed it was important to use various tools to teach about cultural competency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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