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The treatment of migrants with limited language proficiency poses major challenges to health care professionals. The use of professional interpreters in medical settings is still limited, which is, among other reasons, due to cost concerns. We performed a literature search in PubMed and included 11 articles examining cost and cost-effectiveness of using professional interpreters. Despite mixed findings, most studies indicated improvement of medical care and the investigated treatment outcome at limited additional cost or cost-savings. The interpretation of findings is limited by the sparsity of available studies, mixed settings as well as different outcome parameters. Therefore, more research on the benefits of using professional interpreters is required. Nonetheless, the available studies indicate a benefit for both patients and health care systems at very limited cost as compared to other expenditures in health care, supporting the call for a more widespread use of professional interpreters with scientific evaluation.
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Name: Journal of immigrant and minority health
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Published materials which provide an examination of recent or current literature. Review articles can cover a wide range of subject matter at various levels of completeness and comprehensiveness based on analyses of literature that may include research findings. The review may reflect the state of the art. It also includes reviews as a literary form.
An article or book published after examination of published material on a subject. It may be comprehensive to various degrees and the time range of material scrutinized may be broad or narrow, but the reviews most often desired are reviews of the current literature. The textual material examined may be equally broad and can encompass, in medicine specifically, clinical material as well as experimental research or case reports. State-of-the-art reviews tend to address more current matters. A review of the literature must be differentiated from HISTORICAL ARTICLE on the same subject, but a review of historical literature is also within the scope of this publication type.
Organizations representing designated geographic areas which have contracts under the PRO program to review the medical necessity, appropriateness, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care received by Medicare beneficiaries. Peer Review Improvement Act, PL 97-248, 1982.
Therapeutic introduction of ions of soluble salts into tissues by means of electric current. In medical literature it is commonly used to indicate the process of increasing the penetration of drugs into surface tissues by the application of electric current. It has nothing to do with ION EXCHANGE; AIR IONIZATION nor PHONOPHORESIS, none of which requires current.
Formal programs for assessing drug prescription against some standard. Drug utilization review may consider clinical appropriateness, cost effectiveness, and, in some cases, outcomes. Review is usually retrospective, but some analysis may be done before drugs are dispensed (as in computer systems which advise physicians when prescriptions are entered). Drug utilization review is mandated for Medicaid programs beginning in 1993.