Effective communication is key when providing quality health care. The dynamics of communication within the health care team and with the patient and family can be challenging. These challenges stem from the sharing of complex information, highly emotional topics, and health literacy barriers. Linguistic and cultural barriers can further aggravate these challenges. This section provides an overview of linguistic and cultural challenges related to patient-provider communication, strategies for effective communication with patients with limited English Proficiency via the use of interpreter services, and tips for how to teach these skills to health care providers.
- Cultural competency
- Language assistance
- Limited English proficiency (LEP)
- Linguistic competency
- Patient-provider communication
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health