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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Language barriers create equity and disparity in understanding healthcare in limited-English proficient patients as compared to their English-speaking counterparts
by Perez, Rosa, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 41; 1526944
Abstract (Summary)

Research has shown that patients with limited-English proficiency experience lower quality health care, have more difficulty communicating with their physician and more likely to need a translator which potentially lead to significant adverse health outcomes. The objective of this study was to demonstrate that patients with limited-English proficiency face more barriers which create equity and disparity in understanding their physician as compared to their English-speaking counterparts.

Secondary data analysis was performed using the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) 2011-2012. The CHIS is a population-based random-digit dial telephone survey conducted every two years of California's population. The survey consists of extensive questions in a variety of health related topics. For purposes of this study, specific questions were selected for statistical analysis.

All the literature and data analyses strongly supported that patients with limited-English proficiency are more likely to face barriers in obtaining quality care throughout the health continuum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Keywords: California, Language barriers, Limited-English proficiency
Publication Number: 1526944
ISBN: 978-1-321-27744-9
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