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Obtaining history with a language barrier in the emergency department: Perhaps not a barrier after all

from Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

Patients with limited English proficiency may be at risk for incomplete history collection, potentially a patient safety issue. While federal law requires qualified medical interpreters be provided for these patients, little is known about the quality of information obtained in these encounters. This study compared the medical histories obtained by physicians in the emergency department based on whether the patients primarily spoke English or Spanish. more

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