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Critical Synthesis Package: Cultural Attitudes Survey

Published: July 12, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9477

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  • CAS Instrument.pdf
  • Critical Analysis of the Cultural Attitudes Survey.pdf

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Editor's Note: This publication predates our implementation of the Educational Summary Report in 2016 and thus displays a different format than newer publications. It is also part of a discontinued collection that focused on the presentation of health sciences education assessment tools and their reported validity data.


This Critical Synthesis Package contains: (1) a Critical Analysis of the psychometric properties and application to health sciences education for the Cultural Attitudes Survey, and (2) a copy of the Cultural Attitudes Survey instrument developed by Lynne Robins, PhD.

The Cultural Attitudes Survey uses 26 items to assess medical students’ comfort levels with sociocultural issues and intercultural experiences likely encountered through medical school training. The seven interpretable factors or subscales underlying the students’ comfort include: Examination of Patients, Intercultural Interaction, Discussion of Race and Ethnicity, Interaction with Individuals of Diverse Sexual Orientations, Interaction with Institutional Representatives, Learning about Alternative Medicine, and Identification of Skin Conditions on People of Different Colors. The Cultural Attitudes Survey has been modified to assess sociocultural attitudes between residents and faculty members. From a social-learning perspective, faculty members and residents can use the instrument to transform their own clinical experiences in which they have encountered sociocultural challenges into training cases for medical students and colleagues. The instrument is succinct and has proven to be both reliable and valid for assessing cultural attitudes. Further analyses by gender and ethnic subgroups may be needed data to support findings due to response bias.

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe the purpose and basic properties of the Cultural Attitudes Survey, including number of items and scales, and psychometric properties;
  2. To describe the application of the Cultural Attitudes Survey to the field of health sciences education;
  3. To evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Cultural Attitudes Survey; and
  4. To provide the Cultural Attitudes Survey and supplemental materials to aid in its administration.

Author Information

  • Juanyce Deanna Taylor, PhD: The University of Mississippi Medical Center

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Taylor J. Critical synthesis package: cultural attitudes survey. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9477. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9477