Neurorehabilitation With Hispanic/Latino Populations: Psychological Perspectives on Interprofessional Communication Recent research at the intersection between multicultural psychology and rehabilitation psychology has acknowledged the linguistic and cultural factors affecting therapeutic outcomes. For Hispanic patients, their growing population, limited access to adequate healthcare, and numerous risk factors present unique challenges to their therapists. Hispanic patients may require the use of a ... Article
Article  |   November 13, 2017
Neurorehabilitation With Hispanic/Latino Populations: Psychological Perspectives on Interprofessional Communication
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jeanette Altarriba
    Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
  • Stephanie A. Kazanas
    Department of Counseling and Psychology, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
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  • Financial: Jeanette Altarriba has no financial interests to disclose. Stephanie A. Kazanas has no financial interests to disclose.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 3
Article   |   November 13, 2017
Neurorehabilitation With Hispanic/Latino Populations: Psychological Perspectives on Interprofessional Communication
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 132-141. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG2.132
History: Received March 9, 2017 , Revised September 14, 2017 , Accepted September 27, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 132-141. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG2.132
History: Received March 9, 2017; Revised September 14, 2017; Accepted September 27, 2017

Recent research at the intersection between multicultural psychology and rehabilitation psychology has acknowledged the linguistic and cultural factors affecting therapeutic outcomes. For Hispanic patients, their growing population, limited access to adequate healthcare, and numerous risk factors present unique challenges to their therapists. Hispanic patients may require the use of a translator, whose ability to directly translate emotional meanings can be limited by their own experience with the patient's cultural background and specific dialect. Moreover, functional and cognitive assessments may be limited by their generalizability to a variety of Hispanic subpopulations. Religious considerations must also be met, as a patient's adherence to treatment may depend on their understanding and belief in the value of the therapeutic process. As a result of these cultural considerations, Hispanic patients often experience poor outcomes relative to non-Hispanic patients, including limited functional independence, fewer opportunities for on-the-job support, and a higher risk for related illnesses and conditions. Family support, an integral component of a Hispanic patient's neurorehabilitation team, may suffer similar negative outcomes, the result of a familial obligation to preserve the family unit. Therapists are encouraged to consider these linguistic and cultural factors of treatment in order to promote better outcomes for patients and their families.

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