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Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Sep 10;74(7):129.

Reinforcing cultural competency concepts during introductory pharmacy practice experiences.

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  • 1University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, MO, USA. dvyas@calpharm.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To incorporate cultural competency concepts into various introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Pharmacy.

DESIGN:

A 6-week series, titled "Becoming a Culturally Competent Provider" was developed to provide IPPE students with the opportunity to apply theory regarding cultural competency in a clinical context.

ASSESSMENT:

Pre- and post-intervention attitude survey instruments were administered to 25 students in the spring semester of 2009. Several activities within the series were associated with reflection exercises. Student presentations were evaluated and formal feedback was provided by faculty members. A course evaluation was administered to evaluate the series and determine areas of improvement.

CONCLUSION:

A special series on cultural competency resulted in positive changes in students' attitudes, highlighting the importance of reinforcing cultural competency concepts during IPPEs.

KEYWORDS:

cultural competence; experiential education; health disparities; introductory pharmacy practice experience; socioeconomic status

PMID:
21088735
PMCID:
PMC2972524
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