Satisfaction with and perceived cultural competency of healthcare providers: The minority experience

Cynthia T. Cook, Omofolasade Kosoko-Lasaki, Richard O'Brien

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It is well known that nonwhite minority participation in clinical research is lower than their representation in the community. The goal of this study was to assess satisfaction of minority community members in Omaha with the care received and cultural competency of healthcare providers. We sought input from Omaha minority communities on how to improve the care they received and asked why they did not participate in healthcare research. Seventy-two minority members representing African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Sudanese, and Vietnamese; and eight whites were surveyed. The results of this study indicated that the majority of our respondents were satisfied with the care they received, but for a small percentage, language, communication and/or culture contributed to dissatisfaction. In addition, some respondents did not think the provider was culturally competent, i.e., not sufficiently knowledgeable about their racial, ethnic and/or cultural background. Some participants indicated that they preferred a provider of similar racial, ethnic and/or cultural background, and/or thought some diseases were better treated by a provider of the same racial, ethnic and/or cultural background. Regardless of the cultural competency of the provider, the overwhelming majority of our respondents (with the exception of African Americans) indicated a willingness to participate in healthcare research. In conclusion, this study found that satisfaction with healthcare providers was not associated with perceived cultural competency and that the cultural competency of the provider did not affect patient willingness to participate in healthcare research; however, we acknowledge that the Hawthorne effect may be in operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1087
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


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  • Medicine(all)

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