Did you know that patients are often intentionally excluded from medical research if they do not speak English?

Dr. Pilar Ortega, MOLA’s president, writes a letter to the editor of a major medical journal highlighting the fact that medical research frequently intentionally excludes non-English speaking groups. Without adequate representation in research, we do not know how well the findings pertaining to research may apply to our already vulnerable underserved Spanish-speaking patients. The article is in response to a recently published study on physicians interrupting patients… findings which are likely to be worse, but are currently unstudied, in cases in which the doctor and the patient do not speak the same language.

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