Presenter Biography

Grace Parra is a first generation Latina college student in her third year at Portland State University. Her major is Public Health Studies with a minor in Psychology and intends to obtain a Bachelors of Science once graduated in the summer of 2023. Currently, Grace is a research assistant at OHSU, working with Doctor Blair Darney from the department of OB/GYN, Family Planning Section. With the support from her team Grace is currently in the works in progress stage with her study that examines the effects of language concordance between patients and providers within Latinos and Latinas. As for future plans, Grace is planning to pursue an MD-Ph.D degree at OHSU and work in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Institution

PSU

Program/Major

Public Health Studies

Degree

Bachelors of Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Start Date

6-4-2022 2:21 PM

End Date

6-4-2022 2:32 PM

Keywords

Latino health, language barriers, language concordance, Healthcare comprehension, Acculturation

Abstract

Authors: Grace Parra, Sara Diaz-Anaya, & Blair G. Darney PhD, MPH.

Title

Association of patient- provider language concordance with health care comprehension among Latino/as in Oregon: Work in progress

Background

Language concordance in a healthcare setting is a clinical encounter where the patient and provider speak the same language. Health care comprehension is the degree to which individuals understand health-related information given by the provider. Research to date suggests that language barriers in health care negatively impact quality of care .The purpose of this study is to describe need and preferences for language concordant care and test the association between report of language concordant care and patient health care comprehension among Oregon Latino/as. We hypothesize that a language concordant provider is associated with greater health care comprehension.

Methods

This will conduct a cross sectional study in collaboration with the General Consulate of Mexico. We developed a 20-item survey that includes socio-demographic questions, a validated language-based acculturation scale, and items about healthcare comprehension and language concordance preferences and experiences drawn from previous research. We will recruit women and men ages 15 or older. We will use descriptive and multivariable statistics to describe need and preferences for language concordant care and test the association of language concordance with comprehension.

Results

Study results are anticipated in late 2022. In addition to a peer-reviewed publication, we will disseminate our results with the Consulate of Mexico and other local partners to inform them about the need and preferences for language concordant health care among the Oregon Latino/as.

Public Health Significance

This research will contribute to efforts to increase diversity within the healthcare workforce, and ultimately improve quality of care for the Oregon Latino/as.

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Apr 6th, 2:21 PM Apr 6th, 2:32 PM

Association of patient- provider language concordance with health care comprehension among Latino/as in Oregon: Work in progress

Authors: Grace Parra, Sara Diaz-Anaya, & Blair G. Darney PhD, MPH.

Title

Association of patient- provider language concordance with health care comprehension among Latino/as in Oregon: Work in progress

Background

Language concordance in a healthcare setting is a clinical encounter where the patient and provider speak the same language. Health care comprehension is the degree to which individuals understand health-related information given by the provider. Research to date suggests that language barriers in health care negatively impact quality of care .The purpose of this study is to describe need and preferences for language concordant care and test the association between report of language concordant care and patient health care comprehension among Oregon Latino/as. We hypothesize that a language concordant provider is associated with greater health care comprehension.

Methods

This will conduct a cross sectional study in collaboration with the General Consulate of Mexico. We developed a 20-item survey that includes socio-demographic questions, a validated language-based acculturation scale, and items about healthcare comprehension and language concordance preferences and experiences drawn from previous research. We will recruit women and men ages 15 or older. We will use descriptive and multivariable statistics to describe need and preferences for language concordant care and test the association of language concordance with comprehension.

Results

Study results are anticipated in late 2022. In addition to a peer-reviewed publication, we will disseminate our results with the Consulate of Mexico and other local partners to inform them about the need and preferences for language concordant health care among the Oregon Latino/as.

Public Health Significance

This research will contribute to efforts to increase diversity within the healthcare workforce, and ultimately improve quality of care for the Oregon Latino/as.