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Studies Examine Language Barriers In US Health Care System

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"Language Barriers in Heath Care" Supplement, Journal of General Internal Medicine: A special supplement in JGIMincludes several studies that examine language barriers fornon-English-speaking patients. The studies indicate that "measurabledisparities in quality of care result when patients and providers donot speak the same language," according to the supplement.

HablamosJuntos, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that is administered by the University of California-San Francisco Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research,sponsored the supplement as part of its efforts to improve health carequality by addressing racial and ethnic health disparities (RWJFrelease, 11/1).

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