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J Transcult Nurs. 2020 Oct 23:1043659620967441. doi: 10.1177/1043659620967441. Online ahead of print.
INTRODUCTION: New immigrants underutilize health care because of multiple barriers. Although culturally competent health care improves access, it is typically assessed by providers, not newcomers whose perceptions matter most.
METHODOLOGY: Surveys that included measures of cultural competence and health-related quality of life (QOL) were completed by 117 new immigrants in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. A series of stepwise linear regression analyses were conducted to identify independent predictors of QOL and its four domains: physical health, psychological, social relationships, and environment.
RESULTS: Our adjusted results suggest that experiences of discrimination was negatively associated with overall QOL (β = -.313; p < .001) and its psychological (β = -.318; p < .001), social (β = -.177; p = .048), and environmental (β = -.408; p < .001) domains.
DISCUSSION: Discrimination negatively influences new immigrant QOL. Provider cultural competency training should emphasize the influence of provider discrimination on immigrant health and explore learners’ values and biases.