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Incorporating Spanish instruction into residency

Residency Program Insider, August 19, 2016

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Including Spanish language and cultural competency training into residency may help improve patient satisfaction and medication adherence with Spanish-speaking patients. This is the conclusion researchers have come to after two University of Arizona emergency medicine programs incorporated a medical Spanish and cultural competency curriculum into their didactics.

Over the course of a year, patients who self-identified as primarily Spanish-speaking were surveyed after visiting the emergency department. According to the surveys, residents spoke Spanish to 58% of these patients. About one-third of these patients rated their visit as very good.

Source: Advances in Medical Education and Practice



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