alexa Language proficiency and adverse events in US hospitals: a pilot study.
Genetics

Genetics

Molecular Biology: Open Access

Author(s): Divi C, Koss RG, Schmaltz SP, Loeb JM

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in the characteristics of adverse events between English speaking patients and patients with limited English proficiency in US hospitals. SETTING: Six Joint Commission accredited hospitals in the USA. METHOD: Adverse event data on English speaking patients and patients with limited English proficiency were collected from six hospitals over 7 months in 2005 and classified using the National Quality Forum endorsed Patient Safety Event Taxonomy. RESULTS: About 49.1\% of limited English proficient patient adverse events involved some physical harm whereas only 29.5\% of adverse events for patients who speak English resulted in physical harm. Of those adverse events resulting in physical harm, 46.8\% of the limited English proficient patient adverse events had a level of harm ranging from moderate temporary harm to death, compared with 24.4\% of English speaking patient adverse events. The adverse events that occurred to limited English proficient patients were also more likely to be the result of communication errors (52.4\%) than adverse events for English speaking patients (35.9\%). CONCLUSIONS: Language barriers appear to increase the risks to patient safety. It is important for patients with language barriers to have ready access to competent language services. Providers need to collect reliable language data at the patient point of entry and document the language services provided during the patient-provider encounter. This article was published in Int J Qual Health Care and referenced in Molecular Biology: Open Access

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords