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Features: November/December 2016

Interpreting Pearls - Sight Translation

Sight translation is the latest topic in our Interpreting Pearls series of video vignettes meant to illustrate some best practices in working with medical interpreters. Interpreters are often asked to perform sight translation in which they read a document (e.g. letters, patient forms, educational material, etc.) out loud into the target language. Sight translation is a supplemental skill that requires different abilities than consecutive or simultaneous interpreting. Role-play scenarios and subsequent discussions in these clips help to illustrate examples of when it is appropriate for interpreters to sight translate documents and when it is not. 

In this video pair, the doctor asks the interpreter to sight translate a lengthy pamphlet about his disease process. While it is very useful information for the patient, the interpreter explains the reasons why she refuses to sight translate and some options for getting the necessary information to the patient. 


How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Ethiopian and Eritrean Patients with Diabetes

Injera Plate

This presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Ethiopian and Eritrean Americans and includes photos of foods, meal comparisons, portion sizes, and some information about managing diabetes during periods of fasting. Authored by Mei Yook Woo. For more information about how it was developed, click here, and select 'view documentation'. 


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What are Mammograms and Breast Cancer - A Guide for Somali Women

Somali Mammogram Provider Patient

This 18-minute video slideshow presentation, narrated in Somali with optional English subtitles, is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about mammograms and breast cancer. It is culturally tailored to reflect common questions and concerns, with a focus on addressing major barriers to screening. It includes images of the various stages of the mammogram process and signs/symptoms of breast cancer.


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