oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Language and allergy education : review article

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



South Africa is a fascinating and multicultural, diverse society! This adds flavour to our lives, but as medical practitioners it often adds complexity. Most doctors differ from their patients in terms of educational level and the knowledge held about medical conditions, as well as the fact that the patient is ill and wants to see the doctor rather than the other way round. However, in many settings in South Africa, further challenges are found in that patients and providers may differ from each other not merely in these 'usual' ways but also in terms of coming from different backgrounds and speaking different languages.

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