Communicating with Patients Who Have Limited English Proficiency

In practically every region in this state, dentists provide care to patients who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Sometimes, these individuals do not speak English as their primary language, or they have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. Legally, such patients are termed patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). As with any patient, it is important to ensure effective communication so that you can provide appropriate care and avoid undue risk.

To continue reading this article, please click here to access our Spring 2014 issue of Dental Dateline. You’ll learn much more about this topic, including clinical concerns, identifying LEP patients, providing assistance, and documentation and privacy concerns.

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