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Study

Moving from knowledge to action: improving safety and quality of care for patients with limited English proficiency.

Fox MT, Godage SK, Kim JM, et al. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020;59(3):266-277.

This study used focus groups and a survey to identify systems-level approaches improving communication with patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). The majority of survey respondents reported less confidence communicating and forming relationships with LEP patients compared to English-proficient patients. While interpreter use has been shown to improve care for LEP patients, this study found that workflow constraints, supply-demand issues, variable interpretation quality, and gaps in communication interpretation services are barriers to interpreter use. A prior WebM&M Spotlight Case addresses the increased risk of error when communicating with LEP patients.