Working With Medical Interpreters


After completing this module, housestaff or medical students will be able to conduct an effective and efficient cross-linguistic interview that is cognizant of the predictable issues arising in the medical care of patients born outside the United States.

Learning objectives for this Activity:

1. Recognize techniques effective with patients who are Limited English Proficient (LEP):
Working with an interpreter
Conducting a patient-centered ethnographic narrative

2. Analyze cross language doctor patient interviews

3. Recognize the impact of poor interpretation

4. Identify legal, ethical, and cultural issues arising in the cross language medical interview

5. Discuss some unique aspects of caring for immigrants:
-Documentation and immigration status
-Access to care
-Special situations: i.e., victims of domestic violence or refugees

6. Recall basic facts about the scope of immigration to the United States.
7. Reflect on one's own attitudes regarding non-English speaking patients.

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