Researchers solicit healthcare providers to participate in new survey launched for the study: “Integrating Culture, Language and Accent Training in the Medical Community”

Tustin, CA September 1, 2005

Three prominent training leaders in the fields of Accent and Advanced ESL for adults have launched a four-month investigative research project to look at the impact of cultures, language differences, and accent on the realities of patient care in US medical settings. The principles of LDS & Associates, Successfully Speaking, and The Whittaker Group are the research investigators for this study. Preliminary findings are tentatively going to be presented at the ASHA (American Speech Language and Hearing Association) annual meeting in San Diego, California in November, 2005.

This project will assess how diversity in the medical community impacts the quality of patient care – as providers and as end-users. Prominent in this study will be the online survey of healthcare providers in all professional capacities. Data collection for this project is ambitious: during the 4-month timeline, the researchers wish to collect a minimum of 500 responses. The primary push is to generate active participation by non-native English speaking professionals in the medical setting: PT, OT, Nurses, MDs, etc.

LDS would like to encourage you to help in our data acquisition! Respondents will include both second language speakers of English but also, the native speakers of English who collaborate and/or supervise the multicultural/multilingual workforce. By utilizing the anonymity of an online survey format, it is anticipated that the respondents will offer candid and completely confidential responses. Numerous university medical schools and health organizations have tentatively agreed to distribution the survey links to their database, including the New England School of Acupuncture.

How to Participate:

Please click here to take the 20-minute survey. We will be happy to share the final survey data after the study closes. Contact us if you wish to receive that copy.