Addressing Language Barriers Between Physician and Patient: What Are the Optimal Strategies?

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Addressing Language Barriers Between Physician and Patient: What Are the Optimal Strategies?

Description

Part of the American Medical Association’s “Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health” series, this 5-minute video discusses strategies for overcoming language barriers and enhancing communication between physicians and patients with limited English proficiency.

The video addresses the following topics:

  • Which type of language access service is needed during a clinical interaction?
  • Definition of limited English proficiency and language access services
  • Examples of language access services
  • Federal policy mandates
  • Cost concerns for language access services
  • Adverse effects of language barriers on health care
  • Are trained interpreters always better?
  • Options for physicians to address language barriers
  • Useful links

Developer:

American Medical Association

Funding Sources:

American Medical Association

History

Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: May 2007
Last Updated: 04/14/08

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