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The anatomy of language in healthcare

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An anteresting article from S.A that may have global applications or similarities wherever there may be a language barrier.

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Do you believe that nonverbal and verbal communication with patients from varying cultural and social backgrounds can affect patients’ satisfaction and safety?
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    • Very interesting article, indeed. Thanks for sharing!!

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      • Interesting, the issue in my opinion is more pronounced in Middle eastern countries as mentioned in this article the example of South African nurses in Saudi, I am sure we have the same issue in Libya with non Arabic speaking nurses and doctors. In North America training programs/residency allows physicians to slowly transition into the culture, language and way of thinking, so it makes is less of a problem once they start practice. However I encountered the issue when I practiced family medicine in Canada I was out of medical school from Libya and there was no training, it was helpful to have Libyan colleagues to guide you through that, to understand the needs and expectations of patients in Newfoundland.

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        • Thanks for sharing your experience Yousef. Agree, in North America transitioning of providers is crucial and that should not only focus on language barriers but also a cultural orientation and transitioning will be extremely helpful. Not sure if such a program exists.

        • Expectations of patient depends on his/or her religious , political and cultural believe beside there level of eduction and understanding .

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