Language Barriers to Healthcare Treatment The United States is a nation of immigrants. This status is reflected from the time preceding it’s founding, when the progenitors of the Native Americans crossed the Bering Strait and slowly migrated south. Just as the Native Americans had difficulty communicating with the first immigrants to follow them to this nation, then so do the people of today face potential conflicts and hardships due to the inability to communicate effectively. Unfortunately, when language barrier exists between nurse and patient, the quality of healthcare that the patient receives is compromised. For this reason, it is necessary to understand the areas in which research is lacking, to identify the consequences that...The end:
.....ates. The results of continued research, including research into the use of interpreters, may have a significant impact on the face of American healthcare. References Collins, A. S., Gullette , D., & Schnepf , M. (2005). Break through language barriers. The 2005 Sourcebook for Advanced Practice Nurses. Springhouse Corporation. Jacobs, E., Shepard, D. S., Suaya , J. A., Stone, E. (2004). Overcoming language barriers in health care: Costs and benefits of interpreter services. American Journal of Public Health, 94(5), 866-869. Jacobs, E., Chen, A. H., Karliner , L. S., Agger -Gupta, N., & Mutha , S. (2006). The need for more research on language barriers in health care: A proposed research agenda. The Milbank Quarterly, 84(1), 111-133.