A recent study in the International Journal of Nursing Studies shows a direct correlation between a patient’s language preference and the risk of being readmitted to the hospital from a home health care environment.

Assessing the influence of patient language preference on 30 day hospital readmission risk from home health care: A retrospective analysis shows that when a patient in a predominantly English-speaking hospital or healthcare facility had a language preference that differs from English, the risk for being readmitted within a 30-day period increased. Although the reasons behind the finding are varied, the overall study offers a warning about language barriers being an additional risk factor for poorer health outcomes.

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