Journal article

Improvements in patient care: videoconferencing to improve access to interpreters during clinical consultations for refugee and immigrant patients

Thomas R Schulz, Karin Leder, Ismail Akinci, Beverley-Ann Biggs

Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the suitability of accessing interpreters via videoconference for medical consultations and to assess doctor and patient perceptions of this compared with either on-site or telephone interpreting. METHODS: We assessed the suitability and acceptability of accessing interpreters via videoconference during out-patient clinical consultations in two situations: (i) when the doctor and patient were in a consulting room at a central hospital and the interpreter sat remotely; and (ii) when the doctor, patient and interpreter were each at separate sites (during a telehealth consultation). The main outcome measures were patient and doctor satisfaction, number of problems reco..

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