Study Draws Link Between Parents’ Comfort With English, Adverse Events for Children
October 20, 2020
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Children whose parents are not comfortable speaking English are twice as likely to be harmed when they are hospitalized, a new study has found. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, is the first to associate limited comfort with English and adverse events in hospitalized children. Researchers surveyed 1,666 parents of children hospitalized at one of seven North American hospitals. They found that nearly 9 percent of parents expressed limited comfort with English. The odds of an adverse event occurring among children of those parents were 2.1 times as high as for children whose parents expressed comfort with English. The authors called for targeted strategies to improve communication and safety for this vulnerable group of children. The study was supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute with assistance from AHRQ. Access the abstract.
AHRQ Views Blog: Organizational Health Literacy More Essential Than Ever for Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease
October is Health Literacy Month, and a new AHRQ Views blog post highlights the agency’s commitment to ensuring that patients and their caregivers are able to find, understand and act upon health information and services. While encouraging researchers to submit applications to study organizational health literacy, the authors note that Healthy People 2030—the program that sets objectives to improve the nation’s health—has declared health literacy a foundational principle and overarching goal. AHRQ’s many tools help providers implement organizational health literacy strategies, such as training staff and evaluating their health literacy skills, instituting policies and processes to implement evidence-based approaches, and systematically assessing written materials. Access the blog post by Cindy Brach, M.P.P., a senior healthcare researcher in AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI), and Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.A., CEPI director. To receive all blog posts, submit your email address and select “AHRQ Views Blog.”
The use of computerized physician order entries increased 9 percent in ambulatory care clinics between 2014 and 2016, according to an AHRQ-funded study published in BMC Health Services Research. In their analysis of data from more than 19,000 primary care and specialty care clinics, researchers also found that larger clinics and those affiliated with multihospital health systems were more likely to report using these functions, which include computerized ordering of imaging tests, laboratory orders, referrals to other providers and electronic medication prescribing. The authors noted that use of computerized physician order entry is associated with improvements in safety and efficiency and suggested that slower adoption rates in smaller clinics and those affiliated with single hospital systems may harm patient outcomes. Access the abstract.
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