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Around 340 different languages are spoken in London alone, and a high (but not formally quantified) proportion of healthcare consultations take place across a language barrier (Baker and Eversley, 2000). Other cities in the UK have comparable challenges, as evidenced by a large 'grey literature' on interpreting need by acute and primary care trusts. People from ethnic minorities have a higher prevalence of diabetes than the indigenous white British population, and diabetes also disproportionately affects the poor, so people with diabetes who are from ethnic minorities are less likely to be educated and fluent in English (Greenhalgh et al, 2001).


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Diabetes and Primary Care

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