A health professional students' cultural competence and attitudes toward the poor: the influence of a clinical practicum supported by the National Health Service Corps

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. School of Nursing en_US
dc.contributor.author Smith-Campbell, Betty en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-28T20:29:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-28T20:29:12Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 15839608 en_US
dc.identifier 0361603 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of allied health. 2005 Spring; 34(1): 56-62. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0090-7421 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asahp/jah/2005/00000034/00000001/art00011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4560
dc.description The full text of this article is not available in SOAR. WSU users can access the article via commercial databases licensed by University Libraries: http://libcat.wichita.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1328444. The URL of this article is: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asahp/jah/2005/00000034/00000001/art00011. en_US
dc.description.abstract To provide quality health care today, practitioners must be culturally competent. Funding sources, such as the federal government, recognize the need to prepare culturally competent clinicians. The mission of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a federal program, is to increase access to primary care services and reduce health disparities by assisting in the preparation of community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians. This study evaluated an NHSC program that funded, in part, health professional students' educational programs. Following their participation in an NHSC-supported clinical experience, students were assessed on their cultural competence, perceptions of the poor, and intention of serving in an underserved community. Health professional students completed a survey before and after the clinical practicum. Participants included students who were studying to be physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and nurse practitioners. Results of the study found no change in students' cultural competence after their clinical practicum. Although they remained in the "culturally aware" stage, they were not considered either "culturally proficient" or "culturally competent." However, their attitudes toward those in poverty were more positive than in previous studies of health professionals. The greatest impact from the students' clinical experience was their increased intention to practice in an underserved community following their practicum. They found their experience with the underserved to be rewarding, challenging, and humbling. Documenting the influence that government-funded programs have on health professional students is extremely important in studies such as this. en_US
dc.format.extent 56-62 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Allied Health en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries J Allied Health en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.subject Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't en_US
dc.subject.mesh Attitude of Health Personnel en_US
dc.subject.mesh Cultural Diversity en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Services Accessibility en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Medically Underserved Area en_US
dc.subject.mesh Poverty en_US
dc.subject.mesh Professional Competence en_US
dc.subject.mesh Students, Health Occupations/psychology en_US
dc.subject.mesh United States en_US
dc.title A health professional students' cultural competence and attitudes toward the poor: the influence of a clinical practicum supported by the National Health Service Corps en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial United States en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © ASAHP en_US

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