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Spanish and the Medical Interview. A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 3684592
  • Book
  • Region: Spain
  • 512 Pages
  • Elsevier Health Science
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Focusing on communication needs in real-world clinical situations, Dr. Pilar Ortega's updated edition of this practical text helps you address today's growing demand for Spanish-speaking physicians and healthcare workers. This pocket-sized resource provides basic Spanish skills, sample interview questions, relevant cultural information, and more, in addition to online videos of physician-patient interactions, interactive self-assessment tools, and clinical vignettes. You'll find exactly what you need to develop better physician-patient communication skills, increase your cultural competence, and make better clinical decisions in your practice.

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Basics of Conversational Spanish

1.1 Pronunciation

1.2 Syntax and Grammar

1.3 Verb Conjugation

1.4 Addressing the Patient: Tú versus Usted


Setting the Stage for the Clinical Encounter

2.1 General Greetings

2.2 Addressing the Patient

2.3 Provider's Introduction

2.4 Extended Introduction: Getting to Know the Patient

2.5 Setting the Agenda


History of the Present Illness

3.1 Basic Anatomy

3.2 Chief Complaint

3.3 History of the Present Illness


Past Medical History and Review of Systems

4.1 Past Medical History of Chronic Diseases

4.2 Past Medical History of Acute Diseases

4.3 Past Surgical History

4.4 Review of Systems


Medications and Drug Effects

5.1 Medication History

5.2 Allergy History

5.3 Medication Instructions

5.4 Drug Side Effects

5.5 Diabetes Medication


Family History

6.1 Naming Family Members

6.2 Talking about Family Life and Health

6.3 Family History


Social and Sexual History

7.1 Assuring the Patient of Confidentiality

7.2 Social History

7.3 Travel History and Special Exposures

7.4 Substance Use History

7.5 Sexual History

7.6 Review of Reproductive Systems


Mental Health and Cognition

8.1 General Mental Health

8.2 Spirituality and Health

8.3 Cognitive Assessment

8.4 Psychiatric History and Review of Systems


Preventive Health and Nutrition

9.1 Access to Preventive Medical Care

9.2 Preventive Routine Screening Tests

9.3 Adult Immunization History

9.4 Exercise and Adult Health Safety Screening

9.5 Diet History

9.6 Body Mass Index, Special Diets, and Recommendations



10.1 Addressing the Pediatric Patient

10.2 Pregnancy, Delivery, and Neonatal History

10.3 Developmental History

10.4 Pediatric Safety

10.5 Immunization History

10.6 Infant Diet

10.7 Common Pediatric Illnesses


Physical Examination

11.1 General Physical Examination

11.2 Specialized Physical Examination

11.3 Physical Findings


Procedures and Informed Consent

12.1 Informed Consent

12.2 Discussing Common Procedures

12.3 Discussing Emergent Procedures

12.4 Advanced Directives


Impression and Plan

13.1 Physician's Impression

13.2 Plan of Care: Additional Testing

13.3 Plan of Care: Treatment and Follow-up

13.4 Discussing Test Results

13.5 Delivering Bad News

13.6 System-Based Summary of Impression and Plan

13.7 Concluding the Visit


Knowing your Limitations: When and How to Use a Medical Interpreter

14.1 When to Use a Medical Interpreter

14.2 Types of Medical Interpretation

14.3 Working Effectively with a Medical Interpreter


Abbreviated Spanish Medical Interview Guide

Extended Spanish Medical Interview Guide



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Ortega, Pilar Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medical Education, Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine, University of Illinos at Chicago College of Medicine; Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois.

Pilar Ortega, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor at the U. Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Medical Spanish program. Dr. Ortega is Co-founder and Chair for the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA), a non-profit professional association whose goal is to increase the number of Hispanic and bilingual physicians and to improve the health of Hispanics in the U.S. She is the author of our Spanish and the Medical Interview (2nd Ed., 2015), a textbook for providers to learn to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients. This new titles would be a cases and question companion to the textbook. Dr. Ortega is the director of the recently developed U.S. National Medical Spanish Taskforce-a group of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional leaders who are developing an evidence-based process for Medical Spanish standardization and language concordance research in medical settings. She is internationally recognized for her contributions on the topics of language concordance in health, linguistic competency assessment, and Medical Spanish education.
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