Language Barrier Leads to Poor Health Care

by Medindia Content Team on  November 3, 2007 at 4:56 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Language Barrier Leads to Poor Health Care
There are measurable disparities in the quality of care when patients and care providers do not speak the same language, according to new studies that have implications for immigrants in the US.

The studies, published Thursday in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examine the consequences of language barriers for patients who speak little or no English.

Show Full Article


The studies reveal patients who speak little English are less likely to go for invasive procedures, such as surgeries.

Though many hospitals have interpreters on their rolls, some 20 percent of them were found to lack competent bilingual skills.

Nearly 20 percent of the US population now speaks a language other than English at home. And while many can comfortably speak English when needed, experts estimate some 20 million speak or understand little, if any, English.

Source: IANS
VEN/V

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Premium Membership Benefits

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive