|Title||Cross-cultural Communication for Health Professional Students|
|Year 1: Project Year||Year 1|
|Year 1: Funding Year||2002/2003|
|Year 1: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 1: Principal Investigator||Angela Towle|
|Year 1: Funded Amount||50,000|
|Year 1: Team Members|
Angela Towle, Director, MD Undergraduate Program, Health Care Communications, College of Health Disciplines
|Year 1: Summary|
Objective: To develop a model program to address three generic cross cultural communication challenges in health care to be incorporated into existing curricula in health professions programs. The model will be developed with input from three different ethnic groups (Aboriginal, Chinese, Muslim) with the expectation that students will learn approaches and tools applicable to a wider range of cultures.
Rationale: Current communication skills training in health professions programs at UBC does not adequately address the cultural diversity of the province. Students are taught that it is important to deliver culturally sensitive health care but practical communication skills training and assessment is focused almost exclusively on interactions with Caucasian English-speaking patients/clients.
|Year 2: Project Year||Year 2|
|Year 2: Funding Year||2004/2005|
|Year 2: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 2: Principal Investigator||Angela Towle|
|Year 2: Funded Amount||35,000|
|Year 2: Team Members|
Angela Towle, Health Care Communication, College of Health Disciplines
|Year 2: Summary|
Objective: To implement, evaluate, enrich and disseminate a previously developed set of modules designed to help students in health professions programs at UBC learn the practice of culturally sensitive health care.
Rationale: Current communication skills training in health professions programs at UBC does not adequately address the cultural diversity of the province. The previous TLEF grant resulted in a set of four generic modules on cross-cultural communication. Commitment has been obtained from faculty members representing several health professions programs to implement the modules in existing curricula.