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Keywords:

  • cultural competence;
  • nurses;
  • healthcare providers;
  • Michigan;
  • Ontario

Purpose: To examine variables associated with cultural competence among urban, hospital-based healthcare providers in Ontario (Canada) and Michigan (US).

Design and Sample: A cross-sectional descriptive design with a convenience sample of hospital-based providers was used. The sample was 145 providers (n=71 Ontario; n=74 Michigan).

Methods: Providers completed a survey which included the Cultural Competence Assessment (CCA) instrument. Regression analysis was used to examine associations.

Findings: Providers with diversity training and higher levels of educational attainment scored significantly higher on cultural awareness and sensitivity and on cultural competence behaviors.

Conclusions: Variables significantly associated with cultural competence included prior training in cultural competency and higher educational attainment among both Ontario and Michigan healthcare providers.