Spanish Language Validation Services

The Language Validation Committee uses a multi-step, systematic process to review Spanish-language study materials, ensuring they are both culturally appropriate and grammatically correct. Though translation agencies provide a good starting point for Spanish-language materials, the Language Validation Committee ensures these translations are delivered accurately and use “broadcast Spanish” that can be understood by Spanish-speakers from different countries/backgrounds.

The Committee places a special emphasis on making sure the literacy level of materials is basic enough to be accessible to a wide range of participants. This is particularly important given the socio-demographic characteristics of patients participating in many studies at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Language Validation Committee has experience reviewing the following types of documents:

  • Consent forms
  • Recruitment materials (including study invitation letters, recruitment flyers, and call scripts)
  • Verbal consent scripts
  • Survey items

If you are interested in using Language Validation services or would like to know more about the process, please contact Joanna Garcia at 214-648-3650 or joanna.garcia@utsouthwestern.edu.