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Social determinants of health and patient safety: an analysis of patient safety event reports related to limited English-proficient patients.

Benda NC, Wesley DB, Nare M, et al. Social determinants of health and patient safety: an analysis of patient safety event reports related to limited English-proficient patients. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(1):e1-e9. doi:10.1097/pts.0000000000000663.

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May 13, 2020
Benda NC, Wesley DB, Nare M, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(1):e1-e9.

To determine whether language barriers contribute to patient safety events, the authors analyzed near-miss and adverse event reports occurring in patients with a preferred language other than English. Of 1,553 included reports, 13% were likely or plausibly related to a patient’s language barrier. The most common strategy for preventing future events cited in these reports involved use of interpreter services.

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Benda NC, Wesley DB, Nare M, et al. Social determinants of health and patient safety: an analysis of patient safety event reports related to limited English-proficient patients. J Patient Saf. 2022;18(1):e1-e9. doi:10.1097/pts.0000000000000663.