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Challenges faced by Bilingual Stroke Survivors in the Healthcare System : Unique Considerations

Written by Pascale Rioux :: [Wednesday, 08 July 2020 13:14] Last updated by Pascale Rioux :: [Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:17]
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Year: 2020 Authors and Collaborators Dubouloz, Claire-Jehanne; Sauvé-Schenk, Katrine; Egan, Mary; Kristjansson, Elizabeth; Theme Bilingualism
Health and Wellness
Volume and number: , No 13 Journal: , Linguistic Minorities and Society Pages : , 49-64 Abstract The experiences of multilingual patients communicating with unilingual healthcare providers have been largely unexplored. The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences of bilingual stroke patients within the Canadian healthcare context. A secondary analysis was completed with data from a multiple case study of the experiences of seven, low-income bilingual Francophone stroke survivors living in a predominately English area. Data included semi-structured interviews, chart reviews and language proficiency assessments. Results demonstrated that bilingual survivors experience unique challenges, including limited French health vocabulary, use of non-standard French, and generally low health literacy levels in both languages. Participants with aphasia often used English and French interchangeably, leading to the potential for miscommunication when providers were not bilingual. The study highlights the importance of having bilingual healthcare providers when bilingual stroke survivors have communication or cognitive limitations.