Navigation Links
Parents' Limited English May Prolong Child's Hospital Stay
Date:5/5/2011

THURSDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- Children have longer hospital stays if their parents or other main caregivers have poor English language skills, a U.S. study finds.

The research, published in the May issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, included almost 1,300 children admitted to a children's hospital in the Midwest for treatment of infections requiring long-term antibiotics.

Among the parents or primary caregivers of those children, about 97 percent were proficient in English and the rest had limited English proficiency. The parents/caregivers with poorer English were more likely to be Hispanic and either uninsured or covered by Medicaid.

The median length of hospital stay for all patients was about four days, but was about six days for children with less fluent parents, said the researchers from Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.

The study also found that children of parents with less-than-proficient English were less likely to receive a home health care referral than those with English-proficient parents (6.9 percent vs. 32.6 percent).

The researchers noted that a language other than English is now spoken in 14 million U.S. households by more than 55 million -- about one in five -- U.S. residents. Nearly half of those people say they have limited English proficiency or speak English less than well.

As this group continues "growing exponentially, the medical community must ensure that all patients with [limited English proficiency] receive adequate interpreter services," the study authors concluded. "Increasing the number and quality of trained medical interpreters and translators, improving the infrastructure for a multilingual approach to care, and further minimizing multi-tiered care based on language are important areas for advocacy."

More information

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality outlines efforts to improve access to language services in health care.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, news release, May 2, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Football Legend Steve Young Urges Kids, Parents to Play It Safe
2. Parents have role in smoking prevention
3. U.S. Parents Want Kids More Active During School Day: Poll
4. Most Parents Vaccinate Kids, Trust Docs Advice on Shots
5. Too Many Parents Think Injuries Are Part of the Game
6. U-M experts: Gym gone but not forgotten? Parents want more physical activity at school for kids
7. Parents Want Genetic Testing for Kids: Study
8. Alcoholic Parents May Predispose Kids to Drinking Problem
9. Study: Parents likely to embrace predictive genetic testing for their children if offered
10. Kids May Mimic How Parents Handle Pain
11. Parents, Saying Um and Uh May Aid Learning
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parents' Limited English May Prolong Child's Hospital Stay
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Aesthetic Channel has recently highlighted ... has come up with a proprietary technique that he calls the AuraLyft ... dropped. For all ages, patients can expect to look refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalized. ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... PureLife Dental is pleased to announce that California ... members. As part of the amalgam separator endorsement, all CDA members may purchase an ... off the retail value. This partnership between PureLife and CDA is especially timely as ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Jusino Insurance ... to communities in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, is embarking on a charity ... youth in Chicago. , Founded in 1897, Hephzibah Children’s Association is one of ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 22, 2017 , ... ... been named as a Top Doctor for 2017. Each year, research and information firm, ... country. First winning the title in 2015, this marks the 3rd time that ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The VA Maryland Health Care System has ... the Baltimore VA Medical Center, a division of the VA Maryland Health Care ... promote waste reduction and promote recycling. Also, Practice Greenhealth has recognized the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/14/2017)... HAMPTON, Va. , June 14, 2017  ivWatch ... safety and effectiveness of intravenous (IV) therapy, is pleased ... in the category of Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment ... premier awards program for the medtech industry. The award ... at the Jacob K. Javits Center in ...
(Date:6/11/2017)... , June 10, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company ... from three Phase 3 studies of galcanezumab, an investigational ... including late-breaking data on several key secondary endpoints for ... results from these studies (EVOLVE-1, EVOLVE-2 and REGAIN) will ... annual scientific meeting in Boston . ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017   Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s ... of singer Chris Cornell in May, the mental ... a free online psychiatric drug side effects ... about psychotropic drug risks. The father of ... an accidental overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: