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Text: Developing Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World
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Author(s): Ronnie L Leavitt, PT, PhD, MPH


$29 Member | $49 Nonmember (price subject to change)

CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test.You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: January 2003
Related Files: Read the PDF for free now! You must enroll in the course to complete the online test.


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

Today, diversity in the workplace is the norm rather than the exception. Patients and clients are likely to look different from - and think and act differently than - the clinician. Cultural competence is a set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that comes together in a continuum to enable effective functioning in transcultural interactions. From this course, you will be able to describe the role of culture in a person's health status and during the interactions with health care providers. Discover identification tools for specific knowledge regarding different population groups including terminology and demographics, degree of acculturation, socioeconomic status, and other key points.

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After reading this continuing education (CE) article, you should be able to:

  • Define cultural competence.
  • Describe the role of culture in a person’s health status and during interactions with health care providers.
  • Identify specific knowledge regarding different population groups and cultures including, but not limited to, terminology and demographics, degree of acculturation, socioeconomic status, incidence and prevalence of disease and disability, access to health care, comparative value orientations, verbal and nonverbal communication styles, learning styles, and health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Recognize how sociocultural knowledge can be applied to influence the patient-provider interaction positively.
  • Apply the concept of cultural competence to your own professional behavior and in the therapeutic environment.

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Presenter(s) Bios
Ronnie L Leavitt, PT, PhD, MPH, , is Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEU (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certification of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Denied
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0186
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Denied
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements

Text-Based Course: This course consists of a monograph, available in the online course as a downloadable PDF file, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements


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