Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU-CHS Researches Cultural Competency

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OSU-CHS Researches Cultural Competency

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TULSA - Jennifer Volberding, athletic training program director and assistant professor at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, is researching ways to educate health care professionals about cultural communication to improve responsiveness to patient needs.

"We want to ensure that every person, regardless of background, is provided the best care possible and that clinicians are prepared to take the cultural intricacies of an individual into consideration when making a health care decision," she said. "We want to identify tools students in health care programs can use to be successful practitioners in addition to hands-on clinical and evaluation skills."

Learning about other cultures will provide health care professionals the information necessary to effectively communicate with patients and determine appropriate treatment, Volberding said.

"Health care professionals need to know how to moderate their stress levels, uncertainty and excitement while taking into consideration a patient's pain and emotions," she said. …

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