Limited English May Mean Less-Gentle Death in ICU

September 11, 2018

(Reuters) – Death for patients in U.S. intensive care units may look a lot different for people with limited English proficiency than for native speakers, a large study suggests. About 8.5 percent of U.S. adults don’t speak English as their primary language, researchers note in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. While communication is crucial for decision-making at the end of life, it’s not been clear how language skills might influence the type of care dying patients receive.

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