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Br J Med Psychol. 1999 Dec;72 ( Pt 4):567-76.

Bridging the gap or damming the flow? Some observations on using interpreters/bicultural workers when working with refugee clients, many of whom have been tortured.

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Department of Psychology, University of East London, UK. R.J.N.Tribe@uel.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper will comment upon some of the dilemmas inherent in the task of using interpreters/bicultural workers when working with refugee clients who have fled to Europe, many who have been tortured. A high proportion of refugees may not speak European languages or share explanatory health beliefs. The author would argue that these differences should not act as barriers to obtaining health and counselling services and that employing interpreters/bicultural workers may help to bridge these gaps and improve service provision and delivery.

PMID:
10616138
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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