April 2002 Bulletin

Más infomación en español en Your Orthopaedic Connection

Spanish is by far the most common non-English language spoken in the United States. According to the 2000 Census, 35.3 million people in the United States identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino, an increase of nearly 58 percent from the 1990 figures.

For those orthopaedic surgeons who treat patients of Hispanic/Latino origin, communication is often difficult. That’s why the AAOS is taking steps to help members communicate better with their Spanish-speaking patients. On the AAOS public/patient education Web site, Your Orthopaedic Connection (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org), current materials in Spanish cover four common concerns: arthroscopy, cast care, low back pain and common foot problems. On April 15, four new topics in Spanish will be added. They all deal with disorders of the hand and will be in the "En Español" section of the site. They include:

The materials were prepared by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and can also be found on the ASSH Web site. The translations were provided and reviewed by AAOS/ASSH member Carlos Azar, MD, of Florida, and Daniel Hinzpeter, MD, an International Member of the ASSH from Chile.

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