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(Mis)Understanding in Provider/Patient-Interpreted Medical Encounters

International Scholars Provide Evidence-Based Studies of Interpreted Healthcare Issues

In multilingual societies, patients seeking health care and the healthcare professionals who serve them often do not speak the same language. A new volume in the Studies in Interpretation series brings together a broad array of international scholars from around the world to address various topics on interpreting in healthcare situations, from interpretation clarification to methodological approaches including ethnography, questionnaires, observation, and diary accounts.

Research that examined the discourse of medical interviews (even without the stress of emergency care) identified numerous problems including language use differences, cultural differences, and divergent goals between doctors and patients. Research also revealed that doctor-patient communication was hampered by different backgrounds, lifestyles, and world experiences. “Given the documented challenges faced by healthcare practitioners and patients,” observe volume co-editors Brenda Nicodemus and Melanie Metzger, “it is not surprising that a growing body of evidence-based research focuses on bilingual or multilingual healthcare contexts, and issues of accessibility and communication when health care is mediated through interpreters … [Investigations in Healthcare Interpreting] intends to add to the dialogue about medical interpreting by providing evidence-based studies of interpreted health care on several critical issues.”

Read the volume’s introduction, and order your copy of Investigations in Healthcare Interpreting today. By using your exclusive subscriber discount, you will receive 20% off the regular price. Order online or by mail, and use the discount code “AUG2014”.


In the tenth volume in the Studies in Interpretation series, Melissa B. Smith presents the results of a study that was designed to discover the range of activities and responsibilities performed by educational interpreters and to illuminate the factors they consider when making decisions. “Prior to this book, little research had been conducted on this topic,” observes a reviewer in this month’s issue of Choice magazine. “This book is a very good overview that provides background information on several issues including factors influencing access, overlapping input, competing visual demands, and class participation. The needs of the interpreter included access to academic content and interactions with students and teachers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections.” The Midwest Book Review also took note, stating: [More Than Meets the Eye] is a powerful account recommended for any special education collection.” For more insight, read chapter one, and order your copy online or by mail.


In another issue, The Midwest Book Review commented on Thomas P. Horejes’s book: “Social Constructions of Deafness: Examining Deaf Languacultures in Education focuses on revealing critical knowledge that addresses social justice issues in deaf education, and uses Horejes’s own experiences of being deaf combined with research on deafness and language. Here, Horejes maintains that schools play a powerful role in maintaining social constructions for deaf children, offering a scholarly approach that blends anthropology and social issues studies with educational issues in considering the identities a deaf child forms in the process of education. Analysis of two kindergarten classes for deaf students – one orally oriented, one using sign language – makes for a powerful collection of research studies offering educators assessment of the special challenges and culture affecting deaf children in schools. A ‘must’ for any education collection strong in special education concerns.” Read more in chapter one, “My Journey.” Order Social Constructions of Deafness online or by mail.


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