Reporter 431, 15 February 1999

Trainee medics learning urdu and hindi

A third year University of Leeds medical student is helping his colleagues communicate more effectively with patients from Asian communities. The 'Touch of Spice' classes run by Vibhore Prasad offer advice on language and cultural issues that the students will experience in their future careers.

His efforts have proved extremely popular with his fellow students - over 50 turned up to the first lesson - and he now regularly offers the course three times each term. "Hindi and Urdu are widely understood by patients from Asia and speaking a few words in the patient's own language can help demonstrate a doctor's willingness to communicate," he said.

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