The language barrier in healthcare presents a critical issue for patients, providers, and health facilities: patients receive inferior care, providers are hamstrung, and health systems carry significant cost burden. In this eBook, we’ve examined the language barrier through a number of different lenses, introducing you to eight reasons why it is vital to prioritize solutions to this issue. An AHRQ report states:
"As our health care systems move toward improving quality and controlling costs, particular focus needs to be placed on how to prevent medical errors for all patients in general and for vulnerable patients in particular."
In this eBook, we’ve examined the language barrier through a number of different lenses, introducing you to eight reasons why it is vital to prioritize solutions to this issue.
Recently, DUSON worked with Canopy Innovations to strengthen its commitment to the Spanish-speaking population, currently numbering 41 million in the United States. Canopy has helped DUSON to diversify and enrich their medical Spanish offering for the entire nursing student body.
Preliminary data suggest that incorporation of a longitudinal Spanish language and cultural competency curriculum for Emergency Medicine (EM) residents has a beneficial impact on patient satisfaction and adherence to medical recommendations for Spanish-speaking patients. Canopy Learn — Canopy’s NIH-funded online medical Spanish course — was one of the components of this curriculum that has demonstrated improvement in patient experience and medical adherence.
Dr. Christine O'Dea discusses the scope of the language barrier in healthcare and the importance of learning medical Spanish.