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Language barriers impede treatment of children with special health care needs

Language barriers can have dangerous consequences for children with special health care needs, according to a paper by authors including pediatric specialists at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The paper was published today in the Perspectives section of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"This article is about serving the health care needs of families with complex medical conditions whose primary language is not English," said Ricardo A. Mosquera, M.D., first author and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. "These children are the most vulnerable of a very vulnerable population."


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