Angela Cora Garcia

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Medical records have become central to nearly all aspects of healthcare. However, little research exists on their creation. Using data from an ongoing ethnographic study of healthcare documentation production, this paper examines the process of medical record creation through the use of speech recognition technology (SRT) and subsequent editing by medical(More)
Notes: Center discussion papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comments. We thank Google.org and Google.com for funding. The Principal Investigators and Innovations for Poverty Action retained full intellectual freedom throughout this study. We also thank MTN, Grameen Technology Center and Google for participation(More)
Coordination and harmonization of efforts between five major research consortia on Alzheimer's disease may increase our understanding of this condition and improve our therapeutic approaches. Specific opportunities include a registry for families with early onset dementia, a study registry, minimal data sets, validation of assessment tools and outcomes,(More)
Efforts to improve healthcare by reducing medical errors often center on the accuracy of medical records. At the same time, the impact of new technologies such as speech recognition technology on the process of producing medical records has not been sufficiently examined. In this article we analyzed interview data from medical transcriptionists (MTs)(More)
Notes: Center discussion papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comments. and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments. We would like to acknowledge Cristobal Marshall's contributions to initial discussions around the key themes of the paper, and Anna Yalouris' contributions to the behavioral biases(More)
Informal, coercive residential centers for the treatment of addiction are widespread and growing throughout Latin America. In Mexico these centers are called "anexos" and they are run and utilized by low-income individuals and families with problems related to drugs and alcohol. This article draws on findings from a 3-year anthropological study of anexos in(More)
A previously unknown Spanish-language mutual aid resource for substance use and mental health concerns is available in Latino communities across the USA and much of Latin America. This kind of '4th and 5th step' group is a 'culturally adapted' version of the 12-step programme and provides empirical grounds on which to re-theorise the importance of(More)
In this paper, I describe an innovative assignment for teaching undergraduate students cross-cultural understanding. The Outsider/Insider assignment simultaneously teaches facts about cultural difference and skills for managing cross-cultural encounters. Briefly, the assignment is to write two short papers, one in which the student describes a situation in(More)