With more than 20% of American households speaking a language other than English, it is safe to assume this same statistic is taking place in our healthcare facilities as well. With access to providers who speak multiple languages, patient safety is certainly improved for those seeking medical care who may not speak English fluently.
According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Healthcare Quality, language barriers in healthcare settings can lead to low quality, unsafe, and expensive healthcare for a growing portion of the population. The ability to speak to providers and understand what they are being told about their own health and how to properly care for themselves is critical to maintaining proper health.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the minority population will grow to more than 50% of the total U.S. population by 2060, which is expected to continue to improve patient care for minorities seeking treatment.
It is clear that minority healthcare providers improve patient safety, which is why they are also in very high demand. Nurses and doctors who speak multiple languages typically have great success in their job search.