Thesis Title

Improving Compliance with Rehabilitation Treatment Recommendations Among the Latino/a Population of Caregivers and Clients

Graduation Date

Fall 2008

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne Peters, EdD


This paper addresses what is currently known about language barriers in health care, ways in which language barriers affect health and health care, the usefulness of linguistic access service interventions. It is inevitable that health care providers must comply with federal and state requirements to ensure language access. However, published studies found that our health care system lacks the appropriate training of personnel for making resources available, trained interpreters, and translated medical literature tested for understanding in the patients native tongue language (Youdelman, 2008). The purpose of this research is to explain how cultural and language barriers impede effective health care outcomes from both the health care provider and patient. The role in available resources, trained interpreters, cultural competence, and utilization of available resources will be explored through a face to face pilot interview with 14 semi- structured survey questions. The results of the interview indicate that clinicians need to have increased awareness and knowledge of available resources in their facilities.

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