IMPACT OF LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKING ABILITIES ON SELF-CARE IN THE ELDERLY SUBJECT WITH ASTHMA

Rajiv Bandaru

Abstract


Asthma is an increasing cause of morbidity for elderly Americans and is highly prevalent among Hispanic populations in the United States. The inability or limited ability to speak and communicate in English poses a barrier to patient–provider communication. Limited English proficiency is associated with poorer self-management and worse outcomes among elderly patients with asthma. Further understanding of mechanisms underlying this relationship is necessary to develop interventions that improve asthma outcomes in this vulnerable population. Dr. Sudheer Reddy Koyagura, a practicing hospitalist at the Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, is bringing about sea-changes in health behavior and asthma self-care management by his vigorous advocacy of the use of a machine learning tool in effective communication in the healthcare setting with these cohort of patients. Dr. Koyagura plays a critical role on the Board of Advisors of Talk2All. This app, Talk2All, goes one step beyond Google Translator and translates more than one hundred languages, including Spanish, in real time.


Keywords


ELDERLY, vulnerable, Northwest

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