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Patients with limited English proficiency in the intensive care unit may be less likely than native speakers to have orders for comfort care before they die, according to a study covered by Reuters.

The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at data on more than 27,000 patients admitted to ICUs in a large academic hospital over a three-year period. The total included 779 people with limited English proficiency.

Although ICU death rates were the same regardless of what language patients spoke most fluently, patients with limited English proficiency were 62 percent less likely to have orders for comfort care before they died.