The objective of this study was to identify limitations and impacts of language, culture and policy on the success of healthcare professionals, specifically occupational therapist, when working with Hispanic clients. This study seeks to identify and understand impacts of barriers and the consequences they create in the client-therapist relationship. Qualitative research methodology was used, comprised of three semi-structured interviews. There were two interviews with self-identified Hispanic individuals, and one interview with a non-Hispanic occupational therapist who had experience working with Hispanic clients. The interviews were analyzed using an occupational science framework. The transcriptions were analyzed based on the following concepts: individual (client) factors, roles, cultural context and values/beliefs. These results were connected to their statements concerning their views towards healthcare intervention. Results found that all participants valued client-centeredness during intervention and saw language barriers as the most detrimental aspect of health outcomes with this population. The results suggest that the framework for occupational therapy can help address individual needs of this population due to its awareness of cultural context.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2013


Kathy Splinter-Watkins

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occpuational Therapy

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