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Table 3 Practice personnel speaking languages other than English (LOTE) and languages spoken by recently arrived refugees1

From: Response to language barriers with patients from refugee background in general practice in Australia: findings from the OPTIMISE study

   Speak LOTE2 Speak Refugee language1,3
Practice personnel N Yes (n) % 95 % CI Yes (n) % 95 % CI
GPs 143 122 85.3 69.3–78.4 62 43.4 35.1–40.0
Nurses 68 34 50.0 44.8–90.7 8 11.8 51.9–22.1
Reception/Admin 142 87 61.3 37.8–64.2 45 31.7 5.2–40.2
Allied Health 108 59 54.6 61.0–62.4 33 30.6 21.9–27.9
All 461 302 65.6 52.7–69.8 148 32.8 24.1–36.3
  1. Data Source: Practice Description Survey (PDS)
  2. 1Refugee languages are based on patients’ country of origin or ethnicity of the source countries of recent humanitarian entrants to Australia as reported by GPs (Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2013 to 2017 [33]
  3. 2Chi-square test of “Speak LOTE” by practice staff p = 0.000
  4. 3Chi-square tests of “Speaks Refugee language” by practice staff p = 0.000