Talking About Palliative Care in Spanish
This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through initial conversation around palliative care in Spanish with your Latino patients: Atención paliativa.
Palliative care is a delicate topic as you speak with patients with severe illnesses and you definitely want to make sure you’ve got language support with you as you are discussing some palliative care options with them
In this lesson you will learn about:
- Basic information about palliative care in Spanish.
- Who is candidate for palliative care.
- Some questions to help you.
- Vocabulary related to palliative care.
- Examples of goals for you and your family.
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Who is a Candidate for Palliative Care / ¿Quién es candidato para atención paliativa?
Obviously, the main candidate for palliative care is a patient with a severe condition but here are more descriptions of candidates for this kind of medical care:
Note: the majority of nouns finished in “ma” are masculine (problema, dilema, tema, etc.), so you have to say “síntomas incómodos”.
Basic Information / Orientation – Información / Orientación Básica…
- Atención paliativa es una atención especializada para personas con enfermedades graves.
- Nuestra meta es ayudarle entender bien su condición, las pruebas que le hacemos y los
medicamentos que toma.
- Nosotros queremos apoyarle a usted mientras identifica sus metas para su atención médica para que pueda tomar decisiones basadas en sus metas.
Vocabulary / Vocabulario
If you are an intermediate or advanced Spanish learner, you could recognize the verb “poder” doesn’t usually conjugate with an -a at the end of it, as in pueda, and it is because “pueda” is subjunctive and one of the triggers for using the subjunctive is:
- Any time you want to say “in order to…” (para…).
- “So that you….”: technically all verbs that come after so that in Spanish, need to be in the subjunctive.
Some Questions To Help You / Algunas preguntas para ayudarle
Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney / Testamento Vital y Poder Legal Duradero
Testamento Vital: ¿Tiene un testamento vital (testamento en vida)? Si no, el equipo paliativo (palliative care team) puede explicarle el documento y ayudarle a completarlo.
Poder Legal Duradero: Un poder legal duradero identifica una persona quien sepa sus deseos
y quién se comprometa a llevarlos a cabo si usted no puede abogarse.
Some verbs to learn:
|Comprometerse||To commit, to engage|
|Llevar a cabo||To carry out|
Some Questions Related to the Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney
3 More Questions / 3 Preguntas más
These questions are related to the patient’s goals regarding their treatment options and decisions.
Examples of Goals For You and Your Family / Ejemplos de metas para ud y su familia
What are the patient and their family goals for this stage of their lives?
Condition / La condición
|Aliviar los síntomas||Relieve symptoms|
|La falta de aire||Shortness of breath|
Family Events / Eventos Familiares
|Poder asistir a la boda de su hijo, hija, nieto||Being able to attend the wedding of your son, daughter, grandchild|
|Poder conocer a su nuevo nieto(a), bisnieto(a)||Be able to meet your new grandchild, great-grandchild|
Situation / Situación
|Poder regresar a casa para vivir||To be able to return home to live|
Ahora te toca a ti…Now it’s your turn! I packaged all of this vocabulary into some flashcards for you to study. Test yourself on this palliative care vocabulary in Spanish with the flashcards below
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