Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Patti Berg-Poppe, PT, MA, MPT, PhD; Tanya Liu, PT, DPT, PhD; Musheera Anis, MD, PhD; Amir Beltagi, PT, PhD


cross-cultural, international collaboration, Zoom, discussion, technology, behavioral flexibility, interaction relaxation, message skills, identity maintenance, interaction management

Subject Categories

Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Widespread technology has enhanced international collaboration opportunities. In healthcare professions, communication amongst different cultures is an essential skill to help professionals excel in diverse clinical settings. Physical Therapy programs in the US address the need for cultural competence with classroom activities, but direct interactions with student physical therapists (SPTs) from differing countries are rare. The goal of the study was to investigate changes in intercultural communication effectiveness among US and Egyptian SPTs following four educational sessions. Each session featured an educational video about aspects related to physical therapy in each country and was followed by small group discussions, during which SPTs discussed the session topic. SPT participants completed a survey at the beginning and end of sessions two, three and four to measure their knowledge and awareness of each topic. Participants also completed the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES) before and after the series to measure changes in intercultural effectiveness. Participants demonstrated significant (p



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