Identifying gaps in the research literature on language barriers to health care

Language barriers to access to medical care are a large and growing problem in the United States. According to the 2000 Census, more than 46 million U.S. citizens spoke a language other than English as their primary language. In addition, most health care organizations in the U.S. do not provide adequate language access services. Thus, many patients who are limited-English speakers end up communicating to their health care providers through family, friends, and nonprofessional hospital staff, or they go without any interpreter assistance at all. The purpose of this targeted research project is: (1) to summarize what is currently known about language barriers in the health care setting; (2) to outline the gaps in the published and ongoing research; and (3) to identify how the Foundation might play a role in both advancing the research in this area and promoting the delivery of linguistically accessible health care. The project deliverable will be a peer-reviewed synthesis paper that meets the project objectives.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $9,754.00

Awarded on: 1/27/2004

Time frame: 2/1/2004 - 5/31/2004

Grant Number: 50338


Hektoen Institute for Medical Research

2240 West Ogden Avenue, 2nd Floor
Chicago, 60612-4220


Elizabeth Ann Jacobs
Project Director