Language and health care

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Abstract

In BriefShared language between patients and health care providers enables gathering information to arrive at diagnoses, explaining treatment strategies, and ensuring understanding and joint decision-making. This article reviews the history of language diversity in the United States and the effects of language on immigrant integration and health literacy. It offers lessons for health communication and proposes that truly effective health communication with minorities of different languages involves more than merely language concordance.

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  • Yolanda Partida

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