Non-Native Language Perils in Health Care

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NON-NATIVE LANGUAGE PERILS

[Staff reporters]

Communication risk to immigrants with limited non-native language proficiency is a growing concern.

With today’s higher immigrant population in the United States, more medical practices are treating patients with limited English language proficiency.

All medical professionals and clinicians now run the risk of not properly communicating medical risk information to these populations.

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In fact, a recent study shows that materials that include visual aids are being used by medical practices to effectively communicate with the patient.

Source: Garcia-Retamero, Rocio, and Mandeep, K. Dhami. “Pictures Speak Louder Than Numbers: On Communicating Medical Risks To Immigrants With Limited Non-Native Language Proficiency.” Health Expectations 14.(2011): 46-57. CINAHL Plus with Full Text Web 27 Apr. 2012

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