Communicating with the Latino PatientThe Hispanic/Latino population is the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States. Emerging from a regionally concentrated group of about 6 million people in the early 1960s, this group has grown to the widely dispersed population of about 50 million. Latinos are a diverse ethnic group stretching across many different cultures, races, and nationalities. Differing cultural beliefs and practices, language barriers can affect the quality of health care they receive. Understanding Latinos' cultural differences enable a caregiver to use the knowledge and provide personalized and accurate care. Patients will also respond better to treatment if they meet a provider who understands and respects their culture. Below are a couple of cultural norms common in Latinos and tips that can help you better your communication when serving your audience.
- How do Latinos perceive the cause of illnesses?
- Decisions about health care and support in the Latino culture
- The use of traditional and non-traditional treatments options
- Don't use family as interpreters
- The role of faith and religion