Care of Special Populations

Jun 1, 2004 Issue
Using Medical Interpreters [Curbside Consultation]

Many physicians are facing a similar dilemma because the Hispanic population is growing rapidly, and Spanish is the preferred language for many Hispanic people. The use of interpreters is a multifaceted issue.

May 1, 2004 Issue
Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men [Article]

Men who have sex with men often do not reveal their sexual practices or sexual orientation to their physician. Lack of disclosure from the patient, discomfort or inadequate training of the physician, perceived or real hostility from medical staff, and insufficient screening guidelines limit preventi...

Jun 1, 2001 Issue
Dealing with Adolescent Latino Patients [Curbside Consultation]

Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, so this scenario is one that many physicians are likely to face in their practices. How, in the face of substantial cultural and language barriers, can we effectively address adolescent health issues in this high-risk population?

Mar 1, 2001 Issue
A Major Medical Error [Curbside Consultation]

Virtually all of us have faced the awful realization that we have made a serious error. Almost as chilling is the prospect of telling the patient or family members about the error.

Aug 01, 1999 Issue
Female Circumcision [Curbside Consultation]

Girls in Somalia are circumcised before the age of five years, usually by female family members, although it is also performed legally there in some hospitals. Uncircumcised women are seen as unclean.

Mar 1, 1998 Issue
Medical Care for Immigrants and Refugees [Article]

Refugees and other immigrants often present with clinical problems that are as varied as their previous experiences. Clinical presentations may range from unusual infectious diseases to problems with transition. This article describes medical conditions associated with immigrants, as well as specifi...

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