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Nursing. 2019 Dec;49(12):60-63. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000604752.70125.66.

Interpreters in healthcare: Nursing perspectives.

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At Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, Darya Salavati is a nurse in the oncology clinic and Fanny Lindholm is a nurse in the medicine clinic. Eva Drevenhorn is a senior lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden.



This study explored nursing experiences using interpreters in primary healthcare settings.


Eight nurses in southern Sweden were subjected to semistructured interviews. The responses were divided into three categories using content analysis: interpreter influence, challenges, and strategies.


Despite using an interpreter to minimize language barriers, nurses do not achieve the same level of person-centered care as those who speak the same language as their patients, but translation services remain a useful communication tool for patient care.


Communication through an interpreter is an inevitability for healthcare professionals, and formal education is recommended to improve nurses' utilization of these services.

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