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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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ALVAREZ, Juliana. Visual design: A step towards multicultural health care. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2014, vol.112, n.1, pp.33-40. ISSN 0325-0075.

Standing at the crossroads of anthropology, communication, industrial design and new technology theories, this article describes the communication challenges posed during hospital emergencies resulting from linguistic and cultural differences between health care professionals and patients. In order to overcome communication barriers, the proposal of a visual solution was analyzed. Likewise, the problem was studied based on the concepts of perception, comprehension, interpretation and graphic representation according to visual culture and semiotics theories. One hundred and ffty images showing symptoms were analyzed in order to identify a pluricultural iconographic code. Results enabled to develop a list of design criteria and create the application: "My Symptoms Translator" as an option to overcome verbal language barriers and cultural differences.

Keywords : Health; Symptoms; Emergency department; Visual communication; Semiotics.

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