With scarce access to interpreters, immigrants struggle to understand doctors' orders.
Using professional interpreters can avert risks of miscommunication due to language barriers between patients and clinicians. This news article discusses how lack of qualified medical interpreters, use of ad hoc interpreters, and poor patient understanding of instructions can contribute to adverse events. A WebM&M commentary explored patient safety issues associated with patient–clinician language differences.
National Public Radio; NPR; Eldred SM.