HCALM-Network

The Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities Network (HCALM-Network) is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional community of researchers that is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient-practitioner communication and its impact on the delivery of health care and social services. In particular, the network investigates communication between patients and health professionals, where the health professional has to use a second language and where this poses a potential language barrier that may compromise equitable access to health care. The HCALM-Network is administered by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project whose objective is to render health and social services more accessible to the English-speaking minority in Quebec, Canada, for whom potential language barriers exist.

Note: In 2011, the total population of Quebec reporting English as their first official language totaled 1,058,250 (13.5%) of Quebecers.