¿Habla Espanol? Preparing Students to Communicate With Spanish-Speaking Patients
Section: Section on Health Policy & Administration
Session Code: HP-2A-8185
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 158AB

Speaker(s):   Carolina Carmona, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Loretta Dillon, PT, DPT
  Roberto López-Rosado, PT, DPT, MA
  Daniel Millar, SPT
  Celia Pechak, PT, PhD, MPH
  Sara Pullen, PT, DPT, MPH
  Evelyn Villarreal

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Safe and effective health care is impossible without effective patient-provider communication. When patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) cannot communicate with their health care providers, they face barriers to proper care and experience negative outcomes. Whether viewing the situation from a social justice framework or simply addressing the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS Standards), preparing students to overcome communication barriers is essential. Reflecting that the highest proportion of people with LEP in the United States speak Spanish, physical therapist education programs increasingly are using various strategies to improve the Spanish proficiency of their students, and/or to teach students to properly use trained interpreters. The speakers will present the experiences of 4 programs with different and evolving approaches to teaching students to advance their Spanish proficiency: Emory University, Northwestern University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and The University of Texas at El Paso. Additionally, they will present their relevant research, including: a validation study of the Physical Therapy Spanish Proficiency Measure (PT-SPM); insights gained from investigating physical therapist students' attitudes and beliefs about learning Spanish; and results of an interprofessional interpreter-use training.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the National CLAS Standards and their relevance to physical therapist education and practice.

2. Apply the presenters' educational experiences and research to your own challenges in addressing communication barriers.

3. Identify how Spanish language education can be a gateway to pro bono physical therapy work.

4. Discuss the ethical implications of using limited Spanish language in lieu of using of a trained interpreter.

CEU: 0.2

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