As the United States becomes more diverse in its immigrant population, it is also increasing in the number of people with limited English proficiency. Many of these individuals seek medical care, but are often met with challenges due to linguistic discrepancies. I use my experience as an Arabic interpreter, as well as my grandmother's experience as a nonfluent patient in America's healthcare system, to discuss the importance of evaluating how language barriers can have an effect on the quality of healthcare for these patients.
Saltagi D. Lost in translation: exploring the impact of language barriers on healthcare. BU Well. 2017;2:18-20.