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Latinos See Health Care Communication Barriers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that half of those who have faced those barriers turned to a family member or to another health care provider for assistance. In addition, more than 1 in 4 looked to a translator, public resources in their community or online sources for help when they faced those issues.

In addition, many Hispanics are concerned about language or cultural accommodations for those seeking nursing or long-term care services.

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Less than half say it would be easy for older Latinos to find a nursing home, assisted living facility or home health aide that speaks their language.