Study explores roots of health care errors amid language barriers

06/4/2014 | BeckersHospitalReview.com

Using nonqualified interpreters such as friends, following cultural beliefs that affect care delivery and having clinicians rely on rudimentary foreign-language skills are frequently associated with medical errors among patients with limited English-language proficiency, a study found. Situations when problems are likely to arise include patient discharge, medication reconciliation and the process of informed consent. Findings were reported in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

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