Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Modern Languages

First Advisor

Felice Coles

Second Advisor

Robyn Wright

Third Advisor

Tamara Warhol

Relational Format



This paper addresses the beliefs of professional Spanish medical translators regarding the use of dialect variation in medical Spanish translation and the resulting effects on the level of healthcare attained by Spanish speaking patients in the United States. The health gap between English-speaking and non-English patients is explored as it relates to inadequate translation of medical information and instructions leading to poorer health outcomes and higher readmission rates among Spanish speakers.


This article addresses the health implications due to the use of a patient's preferred regional Spanish dialect versus the Standard Academic variant of Spanish.

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