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Spanish, on the fly

Physician Practice Perspective, July 21, 2002

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Interpreters, waiting room videos help doctors understand patient painWendy Funk, MD, would probably drive her patients to the drug store if she had the time. It’s not Southern hospitality; just compassionate medicine. Funk knows that good patient relations and communication skills could be the difference in getting her a job over an equally qualified candidate when she finishes residency in five years.The threat of lawsuits from minority patients will skyrocket if doctors and nurses don’t sharpen their communication skills and meet people halfway, ac cording to a new study

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