Study shows the language gap between patients and physicians in the U.S.

The disconnect is bigger than you might think

 

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Doximity, a social network for physicians, just published a study that details the disconnect between the languages spoken by patients and those spoken by physicians — something that is at the very core of what we do here at Canopy Innovations.

As we know, Spanish is the most common language, other than English, spoken by patients and doctors in the U.S. According to the Census, in 2015, the Hispanic population constituted 17.6% of the population or 56.6 million people. Other languages amongst the most spoken, according to Doximity, include Hindi, French, Arabic, Persian, German, and Chinese (take a look at the map above).

“Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Swahili and Sub-Saharan African are included among the top 10 languages for patients, while physicians more commonly speak Persian/Farsi, German, Italian, and Hebrew”, adds the report.

Read the official release here.

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