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Implications for practice and research
Patient safety can be improved by attention to language barriers.
Awareness of and attention to language barriers is not part of routine practice in the Netherlands.
Checks for language barriers should form a routine part of safety checks.
Research in this area is limited. Previous recommendations derived from research in the area may not be pragmatic.
Inadequate language proficiency poses patient safety risks, with the potential for patient harm or inadequate care. Such shortfalls …
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