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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 288-293

Cultural competence assessment in a health-care university

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Chandrashekar Janakiram
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi – 682 041, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_158_21

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Introduction: Cultural competence of health-care professionals has a vital role in health-care system. The first step toward this orientation is the assessment of cultural competence level of clinical graduate students. Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the cultural competence of clinical graduate students of various courses in a health-care university, Kerala, India. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 398 clinical graduate students in a health-care university in Kerala, India. The self-administered questionnaire had 27 items adapted from various validated scales. Data analysis was done by the analysis of variance (ANOVA) using SPSS software (version 23). P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The overall mean of the responses ranged from 2.81 (confidence interval [CI]: 2.70–2.93) to 4.50 (CI: 4.43–4.57). ANOVA revealed statistically significant differences between the courses in competencies related to specific competencies. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that cultural competence of health-care graduates can be improved by incorporating cultural competence training in the curriculum.

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