Microlecture 006: The Interpreter as an Asset

Medical interpreters (MI) report feeling like intruders in some clinical encounters. I have talked to numerous MIs and they are a bit baffled by how some clinicians try to talk in English to patients who do not speak English!

Busy clinicians are often wary of anything that might increase the encounter time with patients. That being said, how can we effectively convey complex information like hospital discharge instructions to patients who do not speak English?
VJ Periyakoil, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine. Tweet to us: @palliator