In this paper, we describe an anonymous cross-sectional survey with a sample of 100 racially diverse adult oncology patients using a newly developed patient-reported measure of providers’ cultural competence, the Physicians’ Cultural Competence for Patient Satisfaction Scale (PCCPS) [1, 2], which was developed using a US midwestern sample of primary care patients. Our primary aims were to examine the reliability of the PCCPS in a more racially diverse urban oncology clinical setting and to identify salient domains of oncology provider cultural competence based on patient-reported satisfaction with direct clinical encounters. Results suggest that patient-reported satisfaction was significantly associated with one of the four domains measured by the PCCPS, physician’s patient-centered cultural competence (r = 0.40, p = 0.01), and female patients were more satisfied (t (91) = 5.23, p = 0.02). The PCCPS demonstrated good reliability in an urban diverse cancer patient population. Results help to inform the development of clinical tools that can improve oncology providers’ cultural competency.
- Cancer health disparities
- Clinical tools
- Cultural sensitivity
- Patients’ perceptions of cultural competence