JGIM Article: Teaching Clinicians How to Overcome Language Barriers

In this thoughtful article, two national language access experts caution against clinicians using second language skills inappropriately when there is inadequate fluency in that second language.  Such practices may actually contribute to health disparities through miscommunication and medical errors.  The authors argue for the appropriate and safe use of a physician’s own limited second language skills and highlight the importance of using professional health care interpreters to ensure effective communication with limited English proficient patients.  

Diamond LC, Jacobs EA.  Let’s not contribue to disparities: The best methods for teaching clinicians how to overcome language language barriers to health care.  J Gen Internal Med. (2010); 25 (Suppl 2):S189-S193.

Link to Original Article

This entry was posted in Language Access. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s