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Use of Qualified Medical Interpreters in Health Care: Barriers for Health Care Professionals

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dc.contributor.author Alza-Rodriguez, Ana
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-07T19:22:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-07T19:22:54Z
dc.date.created 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11216/3676
dc.description.abstract Access to language services has become a fundamental component of care for patients who are not proficient in the English language. Patients who cannot effectively communicate in their preferred language require qualified bilingual support to ensure they receive equal access to health care. Despite the understood need for quality bilingual services, many health care professionals may be reluctant to use or provide qualified medical interpreters. A review of the literature is provided regarding barriers, which prevent or negatively influence health care professionals’ decision to use a qualified medical interpreter, thus disregarding policies regarding language laws. The purpose of this literature review is to increase understanding of the benefits of interpreter utilization, which acknowledges the rights of Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients, and maximizes the use of collaboration among health care professionals. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Judi Wheatley Godsey, PhD, MSN, RN, Faculty mentor en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Northern Kentucky University en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Nysa, the NKU Journal of Student Research;v. 2, Fall 2019 en_US
dc.rights Copyright retained by author en_US
dc.subject Medical Interpreters en_US
dc.subject Health Care en_US
dc.title Use of Qualified Medical Interpreters in Health Care: Barriers for Health Care Professionals en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    This journal features student research, scholarship and creative activity. The first volume was digitally published in December 2018, being released as Volume 1 Fall 2018.

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