It may not be uncommon to hear people in and around Providence County speaking a language other than English. Given the diverse mix of ethnicities in the U.S., you may assume that most providers of professional services, including healthcare, understand the need to be able to communicate in a different language. However, research data seems to show that when language differences exist between doctors and patients, there may be a significant risk of vital information being “lost in translation.” As we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD can confirm, the results of poor communication in healthcare can be devastating.
Information shared by Modern Healthcare shows 9 percent of the population in the U.S. is at risk of suffering an adverse medical event due to the language barriers that may exist between themselves and their providers. How can this number be so high? Imagine you present at a hospital with a family member or friend that does not speak English. While you may be able to communicate his or her condition to the nurses and doctors, your familiarity with clinical procedures and medical terminology may be limited. Therefore, it should not fall to you to interpret a doctor’s instructions back to your loved one. Any doctor that asks you to do so may be denying his or her access to adequate care.
You might assume that hospitals would have an interpreter to assist with such cases. Indeed, the Joint Commission, the accrediting organization for hospitals in America, requires that they do. Its standards require every hospital seeking accreditation to have qualified interpreters on staff or interpreting services that can be accessed at any time.
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