Hispanic Older Adults Are Less Than Optimistic When It Comes to Finding Culturally Competent Care, Study Finds

August 10, 2018 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Communication barriers and cultural accommodations are found to be at the forefront of concerns among older Hispanic adults seeking long-term care services, according to a survey published in August 2018 by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago's NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as part of their annual Long-Term Care Poll. The nationwide poll resulted in 1,945 interviews with 458 Hispanic adults, 385 of whom were age 40 and older, and was conducted between March 13 and April 5, 2018. The data showed that more than half of Hispanic adults have experienced a communication barrier within the healthcare system, therefore relying on family members, another physician, or other informal sources for translation.

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