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Journal Article

Role of relatives of ethnic minority patients in patient safety in hospital care: a qualitative study.

van Rosse F, Suurmond J, Wagner C, et al. BMJ open. 2016;6:e009052.

This study used interviews with health care providers, patients, and caregivers to explore the safety issues associated with limited language proficiency. Caregivers often had to assume roles (such as interpreting) that had the potential to impair patient safety. A WebM&M commentary discussed a serious medication error arising from a language barrier.