Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Lost in Medical Translation: The Link Between Language and Healthcare
It may seem strange to think that there is a connection between language and the quality of healthcare an individual receives, but recent studies show proof of it. According to the 2011 census data from the Office for National Statistics in the UK, the healthiest people in Wales and in England are those who have a firm grasp of the English language and whose main language is not English. Those who utilize English as a second language were actually healthier than either those who were not proficient in English or those whose main language is English. The data showed that approximately 300,000 residents who spoke little or no English reported poor health. Accurate medical translation targeted to the non-English speaking public might hold the answer to improved health.