Why Bilingual Doctors Don’t Cut It:
The Importance of Certified Medical Interpreters
In the United States there are roughly 25 million Limited English Proficiency (LEP) residents, and all over the globe there are countless numbers of individuals living in places where they do not speak the primary local language. A large amount of research has pointed out disparities in care between LEP patients using ad-hoc vs. certified interpreters and has laid out recommendations for recruiting interpreters that will drive positive patient outcomes.
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