Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Episode 103 – Communication: Language interpretation and cultural proficiency

The third of a four-part series, this episode explores how primary care clinicians can improve communication with their Latino migrant patients through a two-pronged approach, addressing both language and culture.

How can we treat a patient with whom we cannot even communicate in a common language? How can we effectively educate them on a disease process without understanding the cultural context?

Exploring recent research, we discuss the best options for language interpretation in light of financial constraints and also offer several practical suggestions that can improve your cultural proficiency in working with this population.

Podcast audio: Listen to “Communication: Language interpretation and cultural proficiency” here


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