Kaur R et al (2014) Using face-to-face interpreters in healthcare. Nursing Times; 110: 21, 20-21.
This article discusses the use of professional interpreters in healthcare. Interpreters can improve clinical outcomes by bridging the gap in access to and quality of care between native and non-native speakers. The article also offers guidance on how to work with interpreters.
- How easy is it to access interpreter services?
- The article stresses the importance of healthcare professionals being adequately trained in how to work with interpreters. Is such training readily available?
- Why is it inadvisable to use the patients’ friends or relative as informal interpreters?