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Spanish Language Validation Resource (SLVR)

A multistep, evidence-based process to enhance the quality of study materials in Spanish. This process helps ensure that materials are culturally appropriate, accurate, and conceptually equivalent to the English versions.

About Us

We place a special emphasis on making sure that materials are accessible to a wide range of participants. This includes measuring the literacy level of materials to strive for less than a ninth-grade level and using “neutral Spanish” (aka “international Spanish”) that can be understood by Spanish speakers from different countries/backgrounds. This is particularly important given the sociodemographic characteristics of patients participating in many studies at Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

SLVR has experience reviewing the following types of documents:

  • Consent forms and verbal consent scripts; HIPAA authorizations
  • Recruitment materials
  • Participant information sheets
  • Survey items and interview guides
  • Materials for the public

Our Services

  1. Identify problematic concepts/phrases and reach consensus on how to best revise.

  2. Conduct cognitive testing with native speakers recruited from the community to evaluate the level of comprehension, accuracy of concepts, and cultural appropriateness.

  3. Measure the literacy level of your materials using readability software recalibrated for Spanish.

Learn More

If you are interested in using our services or would like to know more about the process, please contact us via SLVR@UTSouthwestern.edu. Investigators who use the SLVR should cite grant No. NIH CTSA UL1TR003163 (PI: R. Toto).