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Medical errors resulting from lack of language competency?

Does anyone have examples of medical errors caused by poor translation? They would help us make the case in the news media that we need a culturally competent health workforce.

Here's the Pediatrics study on related to this: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/125/5/960, as well as a Chicago Tribune story on the research: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-x-c-spanglish-prescriptions....

If you have ideas or examples, I'd appreciate your pointing me in the right direction.

Thanks,
Erin Hart
Fenton
415.901.0111
ehart@fenton.com

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Tags: diversity, errors, medical, research, translation

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