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J Palliat Med. 2012 Apr;15(4):494-8. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0169. Epub 2011 Nov 22.

"Her husband doesn't speak much English": conducting a family meeting with an interpreter.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. schenkery@upmc.edu

Abstract

A growing percentage of critically ill patients and their families in the United States speak limited English. We present the case of a palliative care consult conducted across language barriers to frame a discussion about the use of interpreters for family meetings, including the evidence for using a professional interpreter, the burden experienced by interpreters involved in end-of-life discussions, potential challenges encountered when conducting a family meeting with an interpreter, and recommended best practices for interpreter use in these settings.

PMID:
22107068
PMCID:
PMC3647542
DOI:
10.1089/jpm.2011.0169
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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