Language Barriers as a Social Phenomenon: Distinctive Impacts on Health Communication in Japan and the United States

Sachiko Terui, Elaine Hsieh

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Abstract

The literature on language barriers traditionally has centered on communicative challenges during provider-patient interactions. Nevertheless, language barriers can compromise a language-discordant patient’s access to, process of, and outcomes of care. Byrecognizing that language barriers are situated in sociopolitical and sociocultural environments of the larger society, we examined the similarities and differences of individuals’ experiences of language barriers in Japan and the United States. We recruited 60 participants for in-depth interviews. Using narrative analysis in conjunction with thematic analysis, we theorized how these individuals’ experiences of language barriers can be shaped and constrained by the larger sociopolitical and sociocultural contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Health Communication for Immigrants and Refugees
Subtitle of host publicationCases, Theories, and Strategies
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages63-77
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000582543
ISBN (Print)9781003230243
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Do Kyun David Kim and Gary L. Kreps; individual chapters, the contributors.

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