What is it about?

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between patient centeredness and cultural competence among primary care physicians (N=92). The study found that there was a moderate correlation between patient centeredness and cultural competence scores among the primary care physicians. Interestingly, the results also showed that there was a weak relationship between shared decision-making and cultural competence.

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Why is it important?

This study is important because 1) both patient centeredness and cultural competence have been proposed as potential strategies for promoting equity in healthcare; 2) while the literature indicates that patient centeredness and cultural competence have many similar characteristics, the relationship between them is poorly understood.


Of particular interest is that the results suggest that cultural competence is not conducive to shared decision making in healthcare; it is more focused with the acquisition of knowledge about different cultural groups. This finding supports criticisms among some scholars that cultural competence does not address the power imbalances in the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Clare Xanthos

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This page is a summary of: The Relationship Between Patient-Centeredness and Cultural Competence Among Primary Care Physicians in the Southern US, Journal of General Internal Medicine, October 2020, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06298-9.
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