Microlecture 016: How To Make The Medical Interpreter Feel Respected and Engaged

How can we make the MI feel more included in the clinical encounter?

Lot of times, the medical interpreter is walking into a sensitive situation and they can be caught off guard and feel disconnected from the encounter.

So, how should we brief them about the context so they can be better prepared? More importantly, are their specific challenges the MI can help with? For e.g. how to handle the loving but forceful daughter who will not let the patient (her mother) have a voice in her care?

VJ Periyakoil, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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