Title

Social Responsibility and Cultural Competence Among Physical Therapists With International Experience

ISBN or ISSN

0899-1855‎

Volume

26

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

Fall 2012

First Page

66

Last Page

73

Publisher

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Abstract

Background and Purpose:

Physical therapists, particularly those involved in educating doctors of physical therapy (DPTs), are often confronted with the following question: What is the educational priority for entry-level students? To become socially responsible professionals? To become culturally competent providers? How is the physical therapy profession maintaining social responsibility and cultural competence as core values of the profession?

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether existing measures of social responsibility and cultural competence capture a potential association between 2 groups of physical therapists with international experiences. The hypothesis was that physical therapists with multiple international experiences would demonstrate a positive relationship between social responsibility and the Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals-Revised (IAPCC-R) survey tool.

Therefore, potential partnership between educators and physical therapists with multiple international experiences could be possible with instructional technology in the classroom.

Subjects:

Purposive sampling consisted of 2 physical therapist groups, a "few international experiences" group (n = 32) and a "multiple international experiences" group (n = 23), retrieved from the American Physical Therapy Association's online member directory.

Methods:

Quantitative data, generated by using APTAs Professionalism in Physical Therapy: Core Values Self-Assessment and the IAPCC-R online survey, were collected.

Results:

Study outcomes indicated a statistically significant difference in IAPCCR total scores between the 2 groups. Social responsibility was moderately and positively correlated with IAPCC-R (r = .627, P = .001) for the multiple international experiences group.

Discussion and Conclusion:

The findings suggest that social responsibility and cultural competence may not be mutually exclusive. Physical therapists with multiple international experiences may help model social responsibility and cultural competence to physical therapist students. Overall, the process of social responsibility and cultural competence is seen as a life-long continuum that should be considered mainstream in the physical therapy profession.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Cultural Competence, Professionalism, Social Responsibility

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