Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) are more likely to experience adverse chronic disease outcomes compared with those with English proficiency, including poorer treatment adherence, longer surgical delays, and more frequent and longer hospital stays and readmissions.1 Among LEP patients, having a language discordant clinician is associated with poorer communication and less satisfaction with care, even when professional interpreters are available.
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