Eliminating barriers for patients with limited english proficiency

Joshua S. Coren, Frank A. Filipetto, Lucia Beck Weiss

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The increasing number of patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) in the United States is an important issue for patients, physicians, federal and state government agencies, and insurance carriers. Physicians can actively address this healthcare barrier by becoming familiar with established state and federal guidelines and determining when appropriate linguistic services are required for their LEP patient populations. Physicians can ensure that appropriate care is administered to LEP patients by developing and monitoring plans that include training staff to identify and work with LEP patients, providing language assistance to LEP patients, and notifying LEP patients of special services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-640
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


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