Doctor-Patient Communication in Spanish

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2006
Information provided by:
University of California, San Francisco

Brief Summary:
Does use of a translator or use of less than perfect Spanish diminish provider-patient communication compared to a native speaker.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Upper Respiratory Infection Hypertension Diabetes Behavioral: Spanish speaker level Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Spanish speaking drop-in patients will be consented then randomized to receive care by a native Spanish speaker, an English speaker using a translator, or an English speaker with intermediate Spanish skills using Spanish. After the visit, the researcher will enquire about patient satisfaction, when the next appointment is, whether medication has been changed, and what instructions their provider gave them. Each provider will do a similar questionnaire. A blinded researcher will score a concordance of plans between provider and patient to see if there is a significant difference in retained information between the groups.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Doctor-Patient Communication in Spanish
Study Start Date : September 2005
Study Completion Date : December 2006

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. retention of medical information

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. patient satisfaction

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Spanish speaker

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00187785

United States, California
UMC Family Health Center
Fresno, California, United States, 93702
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Roger B Mortimer, MD Department of Family Practice Identifier: NCT00187785     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMC200552
First Posted: September 16, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2005

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases