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Journal Article

Deficiencies in provider-reported interpreter use in a clinical trial comparing telephonic and video interpretation in a pediatric emergency department.

Gutman CK, Klein EJ, Follmer K, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;46(10):573-580.

Use of professional interpreters can reduce language barriers contributing to safety risks, particularly in vulnerable  pediatric populations. This survey of pediatric emergency providers found that despite caring for patients enrolled in a study of professional interpreter modalities, many respondents reported lapses in professional interpretation and commonly reported less frequent and deferred communication due to the need for interpretation.