An estimated 25 million US residents have limited English proficiency (LEP)1 and in a 2006 national survey of 2022 internists, 54% reported encountering patients with LEP at least weekly, with many seeing LEP patients every day.2 Legal guidance related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires that physicians and hospitals take reasonable steps to ensure effective communication with these patients. Hence, when a patient with LEP presents for care, the encounter must either be conducted with a clinician who speaks the patient's language or indirectly through a trained interpreter. Untrained interpreters, such as patients' friends or family members, are sometimes used, although this practice is risky for reasons of competence and confidentiality.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 2
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.