US hospital patients with poor English have more serious adverse events than proficient speakersBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39125.457535.94 (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:335
- Roger Dobson
Hospital patients in the United States who have limited English proficiency are more likely to be harmed by adverse events than other patients, a new study shows.
Nearly half of the adverse events looked at in the study that occurred in patients with limited English involved physical harm to these patients, whereas only 30% of adverse events recorded as having occurred in proficient English speakers resulted in harm, says the study, which was published online on 2 February in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org, doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzl069).
The authors, who say that the absence …