Testing Balance Function in Spanish-Speaking Patients Guidelines for Non-Spanish-Speaking Clinicians Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds  |   July 01, 1995
Testing Balance Function in Spanish-Speaking Patients
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jody Newman-Ryan, PhD
    Northern Illinois University, Department of Communicative Disorders, 323 Adams Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115-2899
  • Briseida DeLeon Northrup
    The University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders
  • Claudia Villarreal-Emery
    Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
Article Information
Balance & Balance Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Clinical Focus / Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds   |   July 01, 1995
Testing Balance Function in Spanish-Speaking Patients
American Journal of Audiology, July 1995, Vol. 4, 15-23. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0402.15
History: Received June 27, 1992 , Accepted March 31, 1993
 
American Journal of Audiology, July 1995, Vol. 4, 15-23. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0402.15
History: Received June 27, 1992; Accepted March 31, 1993

In conclusion, clinicians are advised to avoid becoming complacent with the notion that they are doing the best they can in working with culturally diverse populations, and instead are advised to strive towards excellence in providing services that are linguistically and culturally appropriate (Erickson & Iglesias, 1986). This article is only one step towards the goal of providing better services to patients who are Spanish-speaking and who are suspected of having balance difficulties. Further work in the area of providing clinical services to this population is definitely needed.

Acknowledgments
The authors thank Eduardo Cruz for providing the impetus for this work, Carlos Muñoz and Gloria Ramos for translation assistance, and Neil T. Shepard for helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of this paper.
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