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Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Health Sciences


Erika Collazo-Vargas

Andrew Peachey

Erika Kancler


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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