Professional medical interpreters play a vital role in providing high-quality care to Limited-English Proficient (LEP) patients, yet many healthcare providers are unaware of what an interpreters' actual role is. Or the code of ethics they must follow. How can you expect to employ a successful language access program if your team doesn't know how to work with the interpreters tasked to facilitate communication?
Throughout this article, we will shine the light on various organizations that work to constantly raise the bar for professional interpreters, the code of ethics and standards of practice they are held to, what they can and cannot do while on the job, and more.
If you work in the healthcare industry and expect to work with an interpreter at sometime, keep reading to learn about how to be the most effective so you can provide the best level of care.