Do not lose your patient in translation: Using interpreters effectively in primary care

South African Family Practice

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Title Do not lose your patient in translation: Using interpreters effectively in primary care
Creator Habib, Talat Nair, Arun von Pressentin, Klaus Kaswa, Ramprakash Saeed, Hamid
Subject — medical interpreter; modes of interpretation; types of medical interpreters; cultural liaison; communication barriers; primary care
Description South Africa is a multicultural society characterised by a rich diversity of languages. As a result, many healthcare providers and their patients often do not speak the same language, which makes communication challenging. The language barriers, when present, require an interpreter to ensure accurate and effective communication between the parties. In addition to assisting in a clear exchange of information, a trained medical interpreter also acts as a cultural liaison. This is especially true when the provider and the patient come from different cultural backgrounds. Based on the patient’s needs, preferences, and available resources, clinicians should select and engage with the most appropriate interpreter. The effective use of an interpreter requires knowledge and skill. Patients and healthcare providers can benefit from several specific behaviours during interpreter-mediated consultations. This review article provides practical tips on when and how to use an interpreter effectively during clinical encounters in primary healthcare settings in South Africa.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-02-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v65i1.5655
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 65, No 1 (2023): Part 1; 5 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Talat Habib, Arun Nair, Klaus von Pressentin, Ramprakash Kaswa, Hamid Saeed