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Gany FM, Gonzalez CJ, Basu G, et al. J Cancer Educ. 2010;25:560-564.
Untrained medical interpreters were significantly more likely to commit errors in explaining medical terminology to patients, in this study conducted in an outpatient oncology clinic. Prior research has shown that interpreters improve clinical care for patients with limited English proficiency.
Hewitt M, Hernandez LM; Roundtable on Health Literacy, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2014. ISBN: 9780309303651.
Health literacy can affect patients' ability to understand directions, ask good questions, and participate in care. Framing health literacy as a public health challenge, this report describes efforts to address it in three states and explores implementation and research to improve it across the United States.