Perceived Cultural Competency Skills and Deficiencies Among Pediatric Residents and Faculty at a Large Teaching Hospital

Amy R.L. Rule, Kim Reynolds, Heidi Sucharew, Brian Volck

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OBJECTIVES: To identify demographic, educational, and experiential factors associated with perceived self-efficacy in cultural competency (PSECC) for pediatric residents and faculty at a large, tertiary-care children's hospital and to identify key barriers to the delivery of culturally competent pediatric care. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional assessment of cultural competency (CC) education, training, and skills using an online survey of residents and faculty at a large children's hospital. With our data analysis, we sought associations between PSECC skills, cross-cultural training or work experience, and demographic background. Participants were asked to identify and rank barriers to CC care and additional training they would like to see implemented. RESULTS: A total of 114 residents (55%) and 143 faculty (65%) who responded to the survey assessing PSECC. Residents were more likely to have had CC training than faculty. More than half of the residents and faculty had participated in an underserved-group clinical experience domestically or abroad. Those residents with underserved-group experience were more likely to be comfortable with interpreter use (P = .03) and culturally sensitive issues (P = .06). Faculty who participated in underserved-group care in the United States were more likely to believe that cultural bias affects care (P = .005). Both identified time constraints, language barriers, and lack of knowledge as chief barriers to acquiring CC, and both desired more training. CONCLUSIONS: Residents and faculty at a large children's hospital believe that they lack adequate CC training. Underserved-group clinical experiences both domestically and abroad are associated with perceived improved cross-cultural care skills. Increasing the extent and quality of CC education in both resident training and faculty development is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)554-569
Number of pages16
JournalHospital pediatrics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pediatrics


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