Improving Patient Care Quality by Decreasing Communication Errors From Language Barriers: The Texas Medical Association recognizes that residents should be informed about laws and regulations on the use in clinical practice of medical translators, interpreters, and other communication services for patients who are deaf, hearing impaired, or with limited English proficiency. Because policies differ among institutions, each training site should educate residents on site-specific policies including orientation on the availability of such services and how and when such services should be utilized. Further, residents should be provided the broader education needed, including information on the potential liability risk, to ensure compliance with laws and regulations on the use of translator, interpreter, and other communication methods when the resident completes training and enters medical practice. (CME Rep. 2-A-13).
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October 07, 2016