Lit ReviewCommunication in Health Care Impact of Language and Accent on Health Care Safety, Quality, and Patient ExperienceEllahham, Samer MD1 Author Information 1Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal’s website (www.AJMQonline.com). Corresponding Author: Samer Ellahham, MD, FACC, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Cleveland Clinic – International Operations, 1950 Richmond Road, TR303 Lyndhurst, Cleveland, OH 44195-5243. Email: [email protected] Online date: July 19, 2021 American Journal of Medical Quality: September/October 2021 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 355-364 doi: 10.1097/01.JMQ.0000735476.37189.90 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Permanent or temporary migration results in communication issues related to language barriers. The migrant’s mother tongue is often different from that of the host country. Even when the same language is spoken, communication barriers arise because of differences in accent. These communication barriers have a significant negative impact on migrants accessing health care and their ability to understand instructions and seek follow-up care. A multidisciplinary team often has professionals from various countries. These migrant health care professionals find it difficult to communicate with patients of the host country and with their colleagues. Communication barriers, therefore, result in miscommunication or no communication between health care professionals and between health care professionals and patients. This increases the risk of medical errors and impacts quality of care and patient safety. This review looks at the impact of communication barriers in health care and endeavors to find effective solutions. Copyright © 2021 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.