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ERIC Number: EJ946316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Exploring the Determinants of Language Barriers in Health Care (LBHC): Toward a Research Agenda for the Language Sciences
Segalowitz, Norman; Kehayia, Eva
Canadian Modern Language Review, v67 n4 p480-507 Nov 2011
There is growing interest in language barriers in health care (LBHC)--interest, that is, in how the quality of health care service delivery might be compromised when patients and health care providers do not share the same first language. This article discusses LBHC as an emerging research area that provides valuable opportunities for researchers in various branches of the language sciences--including, among others, applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition--to conduct basic research and to make contributions to the socially important area of medical communication. This article also proposes a research agenda aimed at attracting general language researchers to the study of LBHC, an agenda that is theory driven, programmatic, problem-solving oriented, and interdisciplinary in scope. In proposing this agenda, selected examples have been reviewed from the current literature that can serve as illustrative models for how future research into LBHC can proceed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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