We are excited to announce a special initiative with the American Medical Students Association. As an NIH supported organization, our mission is to bridge the language gap in healthcare and improve care for patients who do not speak English. As part of initiatives building up to the upcoming National Medical Spanish Week, we are providing free access to our popular online medical Spanish course for AMSA members at http://amsa.canopyapps.com.
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.
Dr. Christine O'Dea discusses the scope of the language barrier in healthcare and the importance of learning medical Spanish.
As health care providers, it is our responsibility to provide comfort and act as a source of information for all the patients we see. Language barriers can make this extremely difficult, especially when compounded by the shaky inexperienced hands of young medical students. It is vitally important for all young health professionals to properly educate themselves in the language and necessary skills before endeavoring to care for people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Journal Of Palliative Medicine: "Patient-Reported Barriers To High-Quality, End-Of-Life Care: A Multiethnic, Multilingual, Mixed-Methods Study"
by Vyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil et al.
A woman called 911 after her husband was attacked with a machete and it took four minutes to connect her to a Spanish-English interpreter over the phone.
The tragic case of Willie Ramirez regarding the mistranslation of a single word -- "intoxicado" -- should serve to fuel action to change the landscape of language services.
We've sourced a few different articles all discussing mistranslations in different spheres: commercial advertising, political and diplomatic communications, healthcare communication, etc. Some of these mistranslations are comical and lighthearted, but some are far less trivial.
This study published in Pediatrics examined the accuracy of the Spanish translations for medicine labels for a group of 286 participating pharmacies in the Bronx, NY.