Understanding Adverse Medical Events for Minority Patients with Limited English Proficiency


Adverse medical events related to miscommunication between patients and providers frequently occur in minority populations. This project seeks to determine the nature of communication-related errors experienced by minority patients with limited English proficiency. The investigators will: 1) describe and classify known process errors and preventable adverse events associated with communication problems in hospital settings; 2) analyze data collected from accredited hospitals in four different regions of the country to determine the relative rates of medical error in hospitals, patterns and predictors of error, and language factors associated with them; and 3) identify methods to prevent medical errors related to limited English proficiency. This work will aid in the development of strategies, standards, and policies intended to correct inequities in the provision of safe patient care to limited-English patients.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Principal Investigator:
Jerod Loeb, Ph.D., and Andrew Chang, J.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2003

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