Family being used as interpreters

28 February, 2020

Was made aware of this topical publication which may be useful within HIFA for discussion [*see note below]

Can patients use family members as non-professional interpreters in consultations?

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m447 (Published 11 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m447

Re: Can patients use family members as non-professional interpreters in consultations? Time to recognise as malpractice

Many thanks

Laura

HIFA profile: Laura Bridle is a perinatal mental health midwife based in London and is currently seconded to a one year population health fellowship with Health Education England. Laura has a keen interest in reducing stigma surrounding mental illness, safe motherhood and international midwifery. Nursebridle AT hotmail.com

[*Note from HIFA moderator (NeilPW): HIFA Multilingualism working group members Isabelle Wachsmuth and Najeeb Al-Shorbaji are co-leading a Roundtable at the Geneva Health Forum 26 March on 'How can multilingualism contribute to achieving Universal Health Coverage?' Language issues for access/communication with health services are one of the three key areas we shall address (the two others are: access to healthcare information in the right language, and multilingual professional global health communications). We look forward to see you in Geneva.]