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March 2017

Diabetes Care in Latinos With Limited English Proficiency: What Do Language Concordant Clinicians Add?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office of the Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Previously at the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(3):313-315. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8661

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.