Studies Examine Language Barriers in the U.S. Health Care System
"Language Barriers in Heath Care" Supplement, Journal of General Internal Medicine: A special supplement in JGIM includes several studies that examine language barriers for non-English-speaking patients. The studies indicate that "measurable disparities in quality of care result when patients and providers do not speak the same language," according to the supplement. Hablamos Juntos, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that is administered by the University of California-San Francisco Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, sponsored the supplement as part of its efforts to improve health care quality by addressing racial and ethnic health disparities (RWJF release, 11/1). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.