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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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The Minority and Multicultural Sample Forms website, available today at nj.gov/health/mmhforms/, contains a number of standard forms used by health care providers to inform patients of their rights and to collect information necessary to provide health care services. The forms are translated into three languages: French Creole, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Each document is provided free of copyright, meaning health care providers can download, edit for their specific needs and use the forms free of charge.
The relationship between health care providers and their patients is built on communication and trust. Without the ability to accurately and completely understand each other, misdiagnoses and incorrect treatments can result.
When language is a barrier, it leads to frustration for both health care professionals and the patient. The frustration may cause patients to avoid returning to complete their care. Physicians and nurses may not understand the complaints, concerns or anxieties of patients. The result can be substandard health care outcomes, and disparities in care due solely to the language skills of the patient, health care worker and hospital.
The DHSS developed the website in partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association and the Division of Academic Medicine, Geriatrics & Community Programs at UMDNJ. The three organizations will continue to identify valuable documents and additional languages to add to the website through the coming year.
"The forms translation website is a good start, but we have much work to do to breakdown language barriers in health care," said Commissioner Jacobs. "Over the next year we will be working with our health care partners to roll out initiatives addressing infrastructure, language skills and cultural competency at the Department and in the health care community which will result in improvements in health care delivery."
The DHSS encourages
The DHSS publishes a free calendar of Minority and Multicultural Health Month events statewide and it is available to individuals, legislators, community groups and participating organizations to help promote events. It is also available online at nj.gov/health/omh/documents/ommhm_calendar06.pdf .
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360