Approximately one in five households in the United States speaks a language other than English at home. This exploratory, descriptive study sought to examine language-concordant visit patterns in an urban home health care agency serving a diverse and multilingual population. Patient care record data combined with administrative data facilitated the exploratory work. In a 2-year period, results showed that among the 238,513 visits with 18,132 limited English proficiency patients, only 20% of visits were language concordant. The study suggests that home health care services may not be meeting the demand for language services, but more research is needed to determine the right “dose” of bilingual home care visits to optimize home care outcomes and establish a standard for care.
Squires, A., Peng, T., Barron-Vaya, Y., & Feldman, P. (2017). An Exploratory Analysis of Patient-Provider Language-Concordant Home Health Care Visit Patterns. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 1-7. [DOI: 10.1177/1084822317696706]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1084822317696706