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Safety

Importance and Promotion of Linguistic Safety in the Healthcare Setting

Desiree A. Diaz
Lynn Allchin
CJON 2013, 17(4), 374-375 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.374-375

The United States has always been and will continue to be a nation of many cultures and languages. In the healthcare arena, this means safety will depend on clear, linguistically appropriate communication between the patient and family and the healthcare provider. Three obstacles exist to this type of essential communication: limited English proficiency, low health literacy, and cultural barriers.

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