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Consistent caregiver involvement in therapy services is a necessity for an increase in therapeutic outcomes for children and caregiver confidence. A caregiver’s cultural background plays a significant role in choices made on behalf of their child and the amount of caregiver engagement that is involved in their child’s therapy services. When cultural factors and needs are unacknowledged or unmet by therapists, this can lead to a decrease in motivation for caregivers and their children to participate in therapeutic interventions. Due to the essential need for a caregiver to be involved in their child’s pediatric therapy services, pediatric OTs must learn to deliver services effectively, while practicing cultural competency in the caregiver-therapist relationship. There is a current lack of research on identification of specific cultural factors that impact family-centered care, further causing health disparities and cultural inequity in pediatric therapy.
This capstone is aimed to identify which cultural factors impact family-centered care, specifically pediatric occupational therapist’s therapeutic use of self and caregiver engagement in pediatric occupational therapy services. Results on how current family-centered care is carried out and areas where therapists and caregivers can improve to build a healthy caregiver-therapist relationship were found.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Cultural Competency, Child, Caregivers, Patient-Centered Care, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapists
Akbar, S., MacDermott, S., & Park, K. (2021, December 9). The Impact of Culture on Family-Centered Care. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2021/5