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Ethn Dis. 2014 Winter;24(1):116-21.

Medical students' self-reported preparedness and attitudes in providing care to ethnic minorities.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To assess medical students' self-reported preparedness to provide care to ethnic minorities, factors that influence preparedness, and attitudes toward cultural competency training.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study, which invited University of British Columbia medical students to participate in a survey on student demographics, knowledge and awareness, preparedness and willingness, and personal attitudes. Of 1024, eligible, 301 students consented to study.

RESULTS:

Students across all year levels felt significantly less ready to provide care for non-English speaking Chinese patients compared to "any" patients. Proficiency in working with interpreters was correlated with readiness, OR 4.447 (1.606-12.315) along with 3rd and 4th year level in medical school, OR 3.550 (1.378-9.141) and 4.424 (1.577-12.415), respectively. Over 80% of respondents reported interest in learning more about the barriers and possible ways of overcoming them.

CONCLUSIONS:

More opportunities for cultural competency training in the medical curriculum are warranted and would be welcomed by the students.

PMID:
24620458
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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