Some patients may rely on a family member to act as their interpreter, especially if the family member has a higher level of English proficiency. However, it is common for family members to be emotionally involved or unable to fully grasp the medical terms.
Using a qualified medical interpreter guarantees that medical terminology is correctly interpreted and conveyed, improving communication between the patient and their provider.
Furthermore, it has been shown that using a qualified medical interpreter is a critical contributor to health equity and can:
- increase the number of recommended preventive care services received
- increase the number of office visits patients have with their healthcare providers
- lead to the filling of more prescriptions for medication