Title

Experiences of Flilipino Physical Therapists Living and Working in the United States

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Cynthia Roman

Start Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 1:45 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the experiences and challenges of a Filipino physical therapist living in an urban environment and working at a metropolitan hospital in the United States. This case study research was intended for those health care workers that hire or work with individuals with differing cultural backgrounds. This knowledge will increase their awareness of the cultural differences, embrace diversity, and work together to create a smooth transition for international recruits, who work in a non-native country. The Model of Human Occupation was utilized to evaluate the individual’s context, roles, values, habits, and to further understand the meaning of work for this study. In addition, the study incorporated principles of Kobasa’s theory of hardiness, Lazarus‚ coping theory, and Bandura’s social learning theory. The study focused on (a) decision to work in the United States, (b) living and working challenges, (c) addressing challenges, (d) impact of differing cultural beliefs and values on work, (e) changes in work practices, and (f) facilities easing transition. The data was collected through interviews and analyzed descriptively. The study concluded that time along with communication and transportation are contributing factors on how individuals engage in meaningful occupations. Temporal adaptations need to be made in order to successfully engage in meaningful occupations.

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Experiences of Flilipino Physical Therapists Living and Working in the United States

The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the experiences and challenges of a Filipino physical therapist living in an urban environment and working at a metropolitan hospital in the United States. This case study research was intended for those health care workers that hire or work with individuals with differing cultural backgrounds. This knowledge will increase their awareness of the cultural differences, embrace diversity, and work together to create a smooth transition for international recruits, who work in a non-native country. The Model of Human Occupation was utilized to evaluate the individual’s context, roles, values, habits, and to further understand the meaning of work for this study. In addition, the study incorporated principles of Kobasa’s theory of hardiness, Lazarus‚ coping theory, and Bandura’s social learning theory. The study focused on (a) decision to work in the United States, (b) living and working challenges, (c) addressing challenges, (d) impact of differing cultural beliefs and values on work, (e) changes in work practices, and (f) facilities easing transition. The data was collected through interviews and analyzed descriptively. The study concluded that time along with communication and transportation are contributing factors on how individuals engage in meaningful occupations. Temporal adaptations need to be made in order to successfully engage in meaningful occupations.