Research

Research: Systematic investigation into and study of materials related to the impact of culture and language on health behaviors and health care delivery.

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  • Bibliographies

    Lists of publications related to cultural and linguistically appropriate services.

  • Community-Based Participatory Research

    Studies and inquiries conducted as equal partnerships between academically trained experts and members of a community.

  • Methods and Management

    Systematic approaches and procedures for understanding and assessing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

  • Study Findings

    Data collected and conclusions reached as a result of inquiries, studies, or tests.

Assessing the Nation's Health Literacy: Key Concepts and Findings of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

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This report describes health literacy results from the landmark 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy in more than a decade. This report focuses specifically on how the NAAL relates to health literacy and the link between literacy and health outcomes.

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Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods

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The primary aim of this Aetna Foundation-funded study was to assess whether integrating a cultural competency training program into ongoing quality improvement activities at two large urban family practices affiliated with a medical school would result in: improved physician knowledge, skills, attitudes, and comfort levels relating to the care of patients from diverse backgrounds; and increased

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America's Health Literacy: Why We Need Accessible Health Information

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This brief summarizes key findings and presents some policy implications of the first ever National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older.

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Resident Physicians' Preparedness to Provide Cross-Cultural Care

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This journal article presents on the results of a survey to assess residents’ attitudes about cross-cultural care, perceptions of their preparedness to deliver quality care to diverse patient populations, and educational experiences and educational climate regarding cross-cultural training.

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Language Services for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Results of a National Survey of Internal Medicine Physicians

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To determine whether internal medicine practices of members of the American College of Physicians provide language services and to better ensure effective communication for limited English proficiency (LEP) patients, the College conducted a survey of its members during late 2006.

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Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities: Key Perspectives and Trends

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Through interviews with experts in cultural competence from managed care, government, and academe to identify their perspectives on the field, this study found that cultural competence has gained attention as a potential strategy to improve quality and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in health care.

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