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Canadian Modern Language Review (CMLR): Language Barriers in Access to Healthcare
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When: 10/31/2010
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The Canadian Modern Language Review (CMLR) invites manuscripts to be considered for a special issue on "Language barriers in access to healthcare services”, to appear in September 2011. Language barriers can potentially compromise healthcare delivery when professionals cannot speak the patient's language or speak it poorly. Full and equitable healthcare is especially at risk in those areas where correct language usage—and the cultural values and norms such usage may reflect—plays a critical role in health communication. Such areas include, among others, obtaining informed consent; presenting bad news following diagnosis; discussing pain, sexual practices, or mental health; talking about death or suicide; discussing issues specific to youth and adolescents. It is now widely recognized that people from Canada's official language, First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, as well as immigrants speaking languages other than English or French may, depending on where they live, risk experiencing language barriers to full and equitable healthcare. Similar problems exist worldwide. For this special issue, we invite submissions examining any language-related aspect of linguistic barriers to access to health care services. Relevant topics include, among others, the nature of linguistic differences as they relate to healthcare delivery, healthcare education, and second language training for health professionals. We especially welcome papers presenting results that might be applicable in the Canadian learning and teaching context. Our aim is to present the latest theoretical and pedagogical developments. We welcome articles in English or French presenting original research. Submitted articles will be subject to the normal peer review process of the CMLR.

Final deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2010.

For submission information, visit or contact us at Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged within a week of their arrival.

Questions about the special issue may be addressed to the co-editors:

Norman Segalowitz
Concordia University

Eva Kehayia
McGill University  

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