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CRICH Research Flash: How do we address language barriers between patients and primary care physicians?

When doctors and patients don't speak the same language, this can affect patient care. Right now, Ontario is home to the highest number of new immigrants in Canada. As a result, we wanted to examine the potential language barriers people face when interacting with primary care physicians in Ontario. Based on our results, we've made some recommendations to help ensure that all Ontario residents receive the highest quality of care.

We invite you to explore a summary of our research, along with related maps, to help inform programs and research. And we look forward to continuing our work with you to ensure equal access to high quality care for all Ontario residents.

All the best,

Jennifer Miniota (Sears), Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital
School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University

Kamran Khan, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto