The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the population of Spanish-speaking patients will comprise nearly 25% of the U.S. population by 2045. Yet nationwide, the proportion of physicians who identify as Spanish-speaking is less than 6%. With the shortage of Spanish-speaking providers at a stake and the demand growing higher, Medical staff – some with little Spanish speaking skills and others with more advanced proficiency – are interested in honing their medical Spanish skills.
The ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and their families empowers the providers to provide more accurate and better care. Eventually, with more highly qualified bilingual staff available, the patients with limited English proficiency will become more satisfied.