Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Holly E. Jacobson

Second Advisor

Francisco Soto-Mas

Third Advisor

Daisha Cipher


Macias, Isela. An Exploratory Study of the Influence of Language and Ethnic Concordance on Hispanic Patients’ Trust in Their Healthcare Providers in Tarrant County. Master of Public Health (Health Interpreting & Health Applied Linguistics), August 2007, 76 pp., 8 tables, references, 57 titles. There is a scare number of Spanish-speaking, Hispanic physicians to serve a growing Spanish-speaking Hispanic population. A survey and interview were conducted in a primary health clinic with fifty-two Spanish-speaking Hispanic patients. The Introduction (Chapter 1), included the problem and purpose; Literature Review (Chapter 2), analyzed supporting literature; Methodology (Chapter 3), described data process; Results (Chapter 4), reported the findings; and Conclusions and Recommendations (Chapter 5), included the decision. Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the study had more trust in Spanish-speaking Hispanic physicians than in non-Hispanic physicians who did not speak Spanish. More studies should include Spanish-speaking Hispanics and focus on differences in acculturation and the patient-physician relationship.