Use of professional interpreters at McMaster Children’s Hospital

Dr. Hannah Kraicer-Melamed, PGY2

Supervisor: Dr. Kristin Inch

We will be presenting an overview of our plan and methodology for a pilot project entitled “Use of professional interpreters at McMaster Children’s Hospital”. Despite strong evidence for the use of professional interpreters for families with limited comfort in English, the literature states that this service is widely underused by healthcare practitioners for a variety of reasons. This project will assess the frequency and adequacy of professional interpreter use for families with limited comfort in English during admission at McMaster Children’s Hospital. It aims to serve as an initial pilot study for future work and a baseline for future interventions.

Session Objectives:

  1. Advise on methods to increase survey uptake and participation
  2. Comment on our plan for “rapid interpretation” of survey and consent
  3. Discuss our crude definition of “adequacy” in interpreter use and limitations of use

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