Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

When Every Word Counts: Language Barriers in Health Care and the High Cost to Patients

When a difference in language impedes communication between a health care provider and a patient, it compromises the quality of the medical care that a patient receives. "Language barriers" between physicians and patients are associated with:   Decreased patient satisfaction Lack of preventive health services Increased diagnostic testing Repeat visits to the emergency room Longer hospital stays Non-compliance with treatment Increased number and severity of m… [Read More]

Global Expectations: USAID Global Health Mini-U Presents Best Practices in Global Health

It was a day of learning about global health. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and George Washington University held the Global Health Mini-University on September 14. The Global Health Mini-U is an annual forum for best practices and the latest health information from around the world.   No one can do it alone The importance of collaborations and how commercial partnerships are helping build emerging health markets was a hot topic. One … [Read More]

How We Talk to Our Audience and Why They Aren’t Always Listening

As health communicators, we try our best to, well, communicate with our audiences. We aim to motivate behavior change among our audience by delivering messages that resonate with them. To do that, we try to get in their heads, figure out who they are and what they want, and then give them that. Often, we'rereallygood at it. Sometimes we're not.   That's why I attended the Center for Health Literacy's third annual conference, Plain Talk in Complex Times, in Arlington, VA, earl… [Read More]


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