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AHRQ Releases Guides for Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency

Oct 17, 2012

Research suggests that adverse events affect patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) more frequently, are often caused by communication problems, and are more likely to result in serious harm compared to those that affect English-speaking patients. The TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency model is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes.

This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to your work with patients who have difficulty communicating in English. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes. Also select Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals, which may help you and your organization prepare for the TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency module. This guide focuses on how to better identify, report, monitor, and prevent medical errors in patients with LEP.