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Medical Spanish for Health Care Professionals: A New Approach

Author(s): Ron W. Scott, PT, JD, EdD, LLM, MSBA
  • ISBN-13: 9780763749828
  • ISBN-10:0763749826
  • Paperback    154 pages      © 2008
Price: $84.95 US List
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 Visit the Companion Website for Interactive Flashcards of Key Terms in English and Spanish!

The ability to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients is crucial - limited English proficiency (LEP) Hispanics currently make up 20 percent of the patient population in the United States, and the US is rapidly becoming a dual-language nation. If you don't have the time to devote to learning the rules of Spanish, don't worry; you don't need to be a Spanish linguist to communicate with your patients, but you do need to know how to communicate with them. Through a novel but simple approach, this book will help you master elemental and basic conversational Spanish so your limited-English-proficient patients will understand you. By offering an early introduction of basic words and phrases along with multiple drills for mastering key health-related words, health care professionals and students will feel confident communicating with their Spanish-speaking patients and clients.

Also includes:

  • Bilingual vocabulary lists
  • Practice drills
  • Patient-health care professional encounter scenarios
  • Chapter objectives
  • Discussion questions
  • Useful appendices

Read the Prologue to Learn How To Use This Book!

View Chapter One: "Why Learn Spanish"

Features & Benefits

Each chapter includes:


  • Key words
  • Practice drills
  • Phonetic vocabulary lists
  • Case exemplars
  • Chapter abstracts
  • Multiple objectives
  • End-of-chapter discussion questions

Chapter 1: Why Learn Spanish?
  We Are a Bilingual Nation
  Sociocultural Considerations
  Spanish Dialects Throughout the World
  Exercise #1

Chapter 2: You Are Not Trying to Become a Spanish Linguist!
  Health Care Professional-Patient Communication Is What is Key
  Documentation: The Key to Effective Communication
  Exercise #2

Chapter 3: Starting Up
  You Are Striving to Become Conversational in Elemental Spanish
  How Do Language Learners with Limited Proficiency Communicate?
  Spanglish, Tex-Mex, and Derivatives Are Acceptable Modes of Interpersonal Communication
  You Already Know a Lot of Spanish.
  Self-Assessment Quiz
  Get and Use a Good Spanish-English Dictionary

Chapter 4: The Basics
  Comparative Spanish and English Linguistics and Phonetics
  Grammar Review
  Basic Communicative Words and Phrases

Chapter 5: The Medical Nitty-Gritty – You Can Do This!
  Patient Intake
  What Is the Patient’s Problem?
  Medical and Social History Taking
  The Physical Examination

Chapter 6: Focus on Rehabilitation
  Pain Questions
  Special Tests and Measurements
  Gait Analysis
  Therapeutic Exercise
  Manual Techniques

Chapter 7: Special Considerations
  Translators Are Closer Than You May Think
  Abbreviations – Don’t Angst Over Them!
  Driving Safely to Effective Communication with Hispanic Patients and Their Significant Others – Take the Easiest, Most Direct Route.

Appendix A: Quick Guide: Words and Phrases for Successful Health Care Provider- Hispanic Patient Communications
Appendix B: Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, English and Spanish versions
Appendix C: HIPAA Privacy Statements, English and Spanish versions

Ron W. Scott, PT, JD, EdD, LLM, MSBA

Ron Scott has been a health professional (LPN, OR technician, PT, clinical manager and administrator) since 1970, an attorney-mediator since 1983, and an academician since 1985.  One of his principal passions is helping health care professionals and organizations minimize their clinical liability risk exposure through effective patient care documentation that is accurate, communicative, complete, concise, objective and timely.  Ron is the author of 13 texts and more than 100 health law-related articles.  He is a Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (OT, nursing, PT) and is adjunct faculty at Husson University, Webster University, the University of Indianapolis and the University of Montana.          

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