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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 82

Exploring Language Barriers to Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC) in Post-graduate Medical Students: A Randomised Trial

1 Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
2 Hospital de Urgencias Asistencia Publica, Santiago, Chile

Correspondence Address:
L M Letelier
Lira 44, Santiago
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 18080956

Background: Understanding the written English language might be a barrier when teaching Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC) to Spanish-speaking physicians. Aim: To quantify the magnitude of this potential barrier. Method: Cochrane Review abstracts in English or in Spanish were randomly distributed among first-year residents at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile. Residents answered investigator-designed questionnaires to measure their comprehension while the time needed to complete the task was recorded. Results: Groups were similar at baseline. Mean score for those reading in Spanish was 11.9 ± 2.8 (range 5 to 18) compared to 10.5 ± 3.8 (range 1 to 17) for those reading in English (p=0.04). Low scores (£ 9) were twice as frequent for the English group than for the Spanish group (16.7% vs 34.7%; p=0.042). The time to complete the task was also longer for the group reading in English. Conclusion: Language should be taken into account when teaching EBHC to Spanish-speaking physicians.

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