Soins de santé et langages aux USA

With growing concerns about racial, ethnic, and language disparities in health care and the need for the health care systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations, language access is a matter of national importance. High quality language access services allow individuals with limited English proficiency to safetly utilize a wider range of health care services. Communication problems increase if language barriers are present, and if proper language support is not available, the risk to patient safety increases exponentially. Research suggests that patients with limited English proficiency are more likely than English-speaking patients to experience negative health outcomes caused by communication errors. For the purposes of health care, an individual is limited English proficient if they are unable to speak, read, write English at a level necessary for interactions with health care entities/providers. Language access encompasses the array of services that may be provided to an LEP individual to ensure access. Language access can include oral interpreting, written translations, provision of services directly in a non-English language and taglines.