Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Kraska, Sarah J.

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Health Sciences

Advisor(s)

Dr. Erika Collazo-Vargas

Dr. Andrew Peachey

Dr. Erika Kancler

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate how the Spanish language and culture affects treatment, access to healthcare and perceptions of medical visits within the Hispanic population. This was examined through the viewpoint of medical Spanish interpreters in the Harrisonburg community. Quantitative data served to provide descriptive statistics regarding these interpreters, while qualitative data was used to gather data about themes and subthemes that were developed regarding this topic. Language was found to not be a significant barrier, but culture did have a significant affect. It was found that these barriers affected access to care because of lack of information, education levels and insurance. Hispanic patients usually go to medical clinics for emergencies, which was related to lack of information about the medical system in the United States. Interpreters were available for patients to use and easy to access, and it was perceived that interpretation plays an important role in the healthcare of the Hispanic population.

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