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By 2030 Latinos will comprise roughly 20 percent of the population of the United States. Growing numbers of health professionals are realizing the importance of understanding Latino cultural values as they impact the clinical encounter. Such knowledge can enhance their ability to communicate with and treat Latina patients effectively and respectfully. The Latino Patient provides an in-depth exploration of Latino diversity, relevant cultural values, health status, beliefs, and practices; and effective communication strategies. The author has developed an original, practice-oriented model that leads the reader from greeting the patient to ultimately negotiating treatment. The book is hands-on and provides numerous vignettes gleaned from the author’s experience. The Latino Patient should be high-priority reading for physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers and other clinicians.


The Latino Patient is a very lucid summary of the principles of cultural competence that should be understood by every health care provider who serves Latino patients. Dr. Nilda Chong has distilled her years of experience. In working with these patients to produce a work that is both informative and a pleasure to read.
Mohammad N. Akhter, MD, MPH, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Nilda Chong has written a highly readable, practical guise that tells non-Latino health care professionals exactly what they need to know…Reading this book has enhanced my appreciation of Latino culture and made me a better doctor.
Terry Stein, MD, Director, Clinician-Patient Communication, The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente
When I was reading The Latino Patient, it felt like my family, my traditions, and my understanding of my culture was being explained…in a clear, respectful and concise way. Dr. Chong has taken a difficult concept and explained it in a way that is easy to comprehend.
Adriana Linares, MD, MPH, Latino Caucus Chair (2002-2003), America Public Health Association