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Even subtle bias can affect our patients, but talking about it can help.
The number of people speaking a language other than English in the United States has increased to almost 20 percent of the population. In addition, the aging population is increasing the number of patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. This demographic shift as well as legal obligations mean many practices should develop a strategy to accommodate language barriers and ensure continued quality care. Those strategies include developing an organizational policy, determining the appropriate method of communication during the patient encounter, seeking financial support for medical interpretation, and providing language-appropriate patient forms and educational resources.
International medicine offers challenges and rewards while working in a setting far removed from home.
Finding the right path to pursue international health care requires answering the right questions and choosing the right partners.
The article offers advice for improving one's competency in understanding cultural differences between patients and physicians.
This article draws from the author's experience to offer recommendations for providing culturally and linguistically competent care for patients who have limited English proficiency and requirean interpreter.
The article offers guidelines for making the most productive and efficient use of language interpreters.
Traditional medical training reflects a somewhat diverse population but, on average, does not expose students to the harsh realities of urban environments. After an eye-opening move to an urban practice, the author discovered that she had to be more than just a doctor to her patients.
Starting from an overview of the culture biases that exist in the health care community, the article suggests ways for family physicians to evaluate their practices and create a more "minority-friendly" environment.