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J Gen Intern Med. 1999 Sep;14(9):547-50.

Satisfaction with methods of Spanish interpretation in an ambulatory care clinic.

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Department of Medicine, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the utilization of various methods of language interpretation by Spanish-speaking patients in an academic medical clinic and to determine patients' and physicians' satisfaction with these methods.

METHODS:

Survey administered to medical residents and Spanish-speaking patients asking about their experience and satisfaction with various methods of language interpretation.

MAIN RESULTS:

Both patients and residents had the highest level of satisfaction for professional interpreters (92.4% vs 96.1% reporting somewhat or very satisfactory, p =.17). In contrast, patients were significantly more satisfied than residents with using family members and friends (85.1% vs 60.8%, p <.01). Physicians and patients agreed that accuracy, accessibility, and respect for confidentiality were highly important characteristics of interpreters (>90% of both groups reporting somewhat or very important). However, patients were more concerned than residents about the ability of the interpreter to assist them after the physician visit (94% vs 45.1%, p < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Using family members and friends as interpreters for Spanish-speaking patients should be more seriously considered; however, in order to optimize patient satisfaction, differences between patients and providers should be taken into account when using interpretation in medical settings.

PMID:
10491243
PMCID:
PMC1496734
DOI:
10.1046/j.1525-1497.1999.07258.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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