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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Apr 10;76(3):40. doi: 10.5688/ajpe76340.

Clinical cultural competency and knowledge of health disparities among pharmacy students.

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  • 1College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. ookoro@ufl.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the level of competency and knowledge about health disparities among third-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students at 2 Florida public colleges of pharmacy and to explore the demographic correlates of these variables.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey study design was used to collect data from participants.

RESULTS:

The students had low health-disparities knowledge and moderate skills in dealing with sociocultural issues and cross-cultural encounters. Speaking a language(s) other than English and having exposure to cultural-competency instruction were the demographic variables found to be most significantly associated with clinical cultural competency and/or knowledge of health disparities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Clinical cultural competency and health-disparities instruction may not be adequately incorporated into the pharmacy school curricula in the institutions studied. Relevant education and training are necessary to enhance cultural competency among pharmacy students.

KEYWORDS:

cultural competence; curriculum; health disparities; student pharmacist

PMID:
22544957
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PMCID:
PMC3327238
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