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There is a move toward "patient-centered" health care as part of an overall effort to improve the quality of health care and to reduce costs. Individual patients and providers need to work together to ensure effective communication. Patients need to take an active role in health related decisions and develop strong health information skills. Healthcare providers need to utilize effective health communication skills. Health educators need to write printed and Web-based information using plain language.
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Speaking to patients through interpreters while actively considering inherent cultural factors offers a model to increase awareness of potential communication breakdowns with all patients. This is one of the essential lessons we've learned at Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for "We Speak Together"), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-funded initiative to develop affordable solutions for eliminating language barriers in health care. Since 2001 the national program office of Hablamos Juntos has tracked the literature on interpretation and translation and created an open dialogue with national experts, practicing interpreters, and translators with a shared interest in developing best practices.
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Clear communication between caregivers and patients is essential to safe, high quality health care services. Developing rapport and gaining patient trust relies on understanding. When patient and doctor do not speak the same language, there is less opportunity to develop rapport or use "small talk" to obtain a comprehensive patient history, learn relevant clinical information, or increase emotional engagement in treatment. Rather than solving these problems the introduction of an interpreter may raise another set of questions.