Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Doctors Often Don't Use Translators When Necessary

A very intriguing read indeed.  The article comments that doctors tend to use translators more for discussions that they interpret as important, like explaining a complex medical problem.  However, for more basic talks, like check-ups, translators may not be called in.  Sadly, research has shown that patients who don't speak English well are hospitalized for longer periods of time and are misdiagnosed at higher rates.  Many physicians feel that they don't have the time to use an interpreter, or hospitals don't have enough room in their budget to hire them.  I hope that, with my new website, www.mylanguagedoc.com, some of these issues can be alleviated.  The site aims to connect patients with doctors who speak a common language, which can help in areas that lack translators.  This would also save the doctor time, without having a third party interrupt the appointment.  Doctors can add their contact information to the site if they wish.  Any comments are appreciated.

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/health/23chen.html

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