Spanish and the Medical Interview

A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish

By

  • Pilar Ortega, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Instructor, Clinical Medical Spanish, Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pilar Ortega, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Instructor, Clinical Medical Spanish, Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

You can't treat your patients if you can't communicate effectively with them. This textbook will make you proficient in medical Spanish and enhance your clinical interviews with Spanish-speaking patients. It reviews basic Spanish grammar and sentence structure, then addresses each aspect of the medical interview, teaching you to build upon these basic skills and learn to apply them in a clinical context. This is THE medical Spanish book for medical students, residents, and physicians!
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Book information

  • Published: November 2006
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-3649-4


Table of Contents

User’s Guide

Chapter 1 Basics of Conversational Spanish

1.1 Pronunciation
1.2 Syntax and Grammar
1.3 Verb Conjugation
1.4 Addressing the Patient: Tú versus Usted

Chapter 2 Setting the Stage for the Clinical Encounter

2.1 General Greeting
2.2 Addressing the Patient
2.3 Physician’s Introduction
2.4 Extended Introduction: Getting to Know the Patient
2.5 Setting the Agenda

Chapter 3 History of the Present Illness

3.1 Basic Anatomy
3.2 Chief Complaint
3.3 History of the Present Illness

Chapter 4 Past Medical History and Review of Systems

4.1 Past Medical History
4.2 Past Surgical History
4.3 Review of Systems

Chapter 5 Medications and Drug Effects

5.1 Medication History
5.2 Allergy History
5.3 Medication Instructions
5.4 Drug Side Effects

Chapter 6 Family History

6.1 Naming Family Members
6.2 Talking About Family Life
6.3 Family History

Chapter 7 Social and Sexual History

7.1 Assuring the Patient of Confidentiality
7.2 Social History
7.3 Substance Use History
7.4 Sexual History
7.5 Reproductive Review of Systems

Chapter 8 Mental Health

8.1 General Mental Health and Spirituality
8.2 Mental Status Assessment
8.3 Psychiatric History

Chapter 9 Preventive Health and Nutrition

9.1 Preventive Health Status
9.2 Diet History
9.3 Special Diets and Recommendations

Chapter 10 Physical Exam and Ancillary Services

10.1 Physical Examination
10.2 Physical Findings
10.3 Physician’s Impression
10.4 Ancillary Services
10.5 Concluding the Visit

Chapter 11 Knowing Your Limitations: Working With a Medical Interpreter

11.1 When to Use a Medical Interpreter
11.2 Types of Medical Interpretation
11.3 Working Effectively With a Medical
Interpreter
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