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Evaluation of the American Physical Therapy Association's Guidelines for Training Culturally Competent Physical Therapists
by McKivigan, James M., Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2018, 118; 10821681
Abstract (Summary)

Training healthcare practitioners on cultural competence, as well as increasing the cultural diversity of healthcare professionals, may help to alleviate barriers and improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to conduct a cross-sectional survey in order to collect data and evaluate (a) the extent to which directors of physical therapy programs have implemented the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) goals and APTA guidelines for the training of culturally competent physical therapists, and (b) the extent to which the cultural competence of the directors of physical therapy programs relates to their knowledge of the significant requirements for training in cultural competence. Using a quantitative correlational approach and Leininger’s theory of culture care as a theoretical basis, the researcher administered a cross-sectional survey to a sample of 47 directors of physical therapy programs located across the United States. The results of the independent samples t-tests and linear regression analysis did not provide support for the first two study hypotheses, which posited that there are racial/ethnic differences in the implementation of the goals and guidelines and self-reported cultural competence among physical therapy directors. Furthermore, the findings did not provide support for the final hypothesis, which posited that cultural competence would be significantly related to the implementation of APTA goals and guidelines. Based on the literature reviewed and the insignificant findings of this study, recommendations for practicing cultural competency in the field of physical therapy will need to be supported by further research into other sample populations to verify that there is no significant connection between physical therapy director implementation of APTA goals and guidelines.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kamm, Brandy
Commitee: Pucci, Tom, Watkins, Julia
School: Northcentral University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration
Keywords: Demography, Health education, Multicultural education, Physical therapy
Publication Number: 10821681
ISBN: 978-0-355-99255-7
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