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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences


Public Health


In the United States, asthma affects nearly six million children annually and disproportionately affects minority children. Children who come from minorities are three times more likely to visit the emergency department than non-minority children. Additionally, Hispanic children are more likely to have avoidable asthma hospitalizations than non-Hispanic whites. Hispanic children also have decreased rates of asthma medication adherence. Previous research has identified that many social and cultural determinants like language barriers, socioeconomic status, and clinician attitudes play a crucial role in the delivery and treatment of pediatric asthma. More specifically, language barriers play a significant role in the overall understanding of pediatric asthma by parents and contribute to low medication adherence rates seen in pediatric patients. However, there is limited research addressing physician perspectives on language barriers. The purpose of this paper is to explore physician attitudes and beliefs about language barriers to better understand pediatric asthma treatment and health outcomes within Hispanic minority children.

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