The efficacy of bilingual health advocacy in ethnic minority patients with cancer.

Thomas, V., Richardson, A. and Saleem, T. (2000) The efficacy of bilingual health advocacy in ethnic minority patients with cancer. Nursing Standard, 15, (4), 32-33.


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Aim: this research aims to establish the efficacy of
introducing trained bilingual health advocates
to non-English speaking cancer patients.
Method: male and female Bengali advocates received
appropriate training. They were then given a
group of patients to manage, while a control
group received no such intervention. Outcomes
were determined at the baseline and after
three months. The study finally concludes in
April 2000.
Results: the progress so far shows that the advocates
had only recruited half of the expected number
of Bengali cancer patients. Focus groups
showed, however, that healthcare professionals
felt that their training was inadequate to
overcome the language and cultural barriers,
and many were distressed that they were not
meeting the needs of minority ethnic patients.
Conclusion: the authors anticipate that this study will
concur with research in other health sectors
where bilingual health advocacy has been
beneficial, and that future care will be better
informed as a result

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0029-6570 (print)
Related URLs:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 68853
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2000Published
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48

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