language barrier

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language barrier

Any of the difficulties in communication that arise when patients and their health care providers do not share fluency in a common language.

Patient care

Professionally trained health care interpreters should be employed to bridge communication gaps. The interpreters are known to have better communication with the patient than do family members, concerned lay people, or incompletely trained staff members.

See also: barrier
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