Limited English Proficiency ( Lep )

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Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is the restricted ability to read, speak, write, or understand English by patients for whom English is not their primary language. Limited English Proficiency patients are among the vulnerable underserved population when it comes to utilizing healthcare services. The LEP population is encountered with health disparity and inequality due to not being able to speak and understand English properly (Singleton & Krause, 2009). The increasing diverse patient population challenges healthcare with “a triad of cultural, linguistic and health literacy barriers” (Singleton & Krause, 2009). There are 25.2 million LEP individuals which accounts for 9% of the United States population (Batalova, McHugh & Pandya, 2011). California has 6.9 million LEP residents which accounts for the highest LEP individuals in the nation (Gany, Leng, Saphiro, Abramson, Motola, Shield, & Changrani, 2007).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mentions that the LEP patients are at risk for under treatment, incorrect diagnosis and noncompliance with treatment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d.). The LEP patients are at risk for misdiagnosis, under treatment, lack of adherence with treatment, lengthier hospital stays, and eventually costing healthcare organizations more money (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d). The study done by Sentell, Shumway and Snowden on Latino LEP patients receiving mental health services discovered the…
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