For healthcare clinics and practices, accurate communication is imperative. It can literally mean the difference between life and death.
So when it comes to your medical documents and material, it goes without saying that these should be translated meticulously and to the highest standard.
From translating patient information and medical device manuals to face-to-face interpretation, our professional translators work with all kinds of healthcare teams and materials.
All of this experience has resulted in creating a fundamental list of documents that should be translated if your clinic and practice work in multiple languages.
In this article, we’ll run through the most common documents you should have translated.
For more on what we at LinguaLinx can help you with, be sure to take a look at our healthcare translation services.
6 Documents Your Medical Practice Needs to Have Translated
1. Consent Forms
Consent forms and medical activity waivers are one of the most important documents within a healthcare setting.
Patients need to fully understand - and agree to - the benefits and any possible risks of their trials, treatments, and procedures.
So if a consent form is not in their language, it absolutely must be translated with the highest accuracy, ensuring all information is covered.
2. Medical History Questionnaires
Again, this is an imperative document as it provides essential information to aid doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners.
If anything here is inadequately translated - such as allergies or current medication - there could be serious consequences, so it’s vital to use high-quality translators to ensure detail and accuracy.
3. Patient Financial Responsibility Waivers
If your clinic or practice requests that patients sign something, it’s important it can be read and understood in their native language.
This is particularly true when it comes to the financial responsibility waiver, which communicates information about medical costs, insurance, and eligibility and coverage.
4. Patient Information Forms
Patient information forms are vital documents in a healthcare setting.
Should you need to get in touch with a patient’s next of kin or confirm details about their medical insurance, this form will provide the relevant information.
For it to be accurately filled in, it should be understood in the patient’s language.
5. Patient Instructions (for Common Procedures)
It’s important that patients know exactly what their procedure entails, so clear and detailed instructions - in their language - that explains what they can expect, and what they need to do, are essential.
More than that, any medical procedure can be unsettling and perhaps even a little scary, so ensuring patients feel reassured is the responsible thing to do.
6. Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Explaining a patient’s rights not only educates and reassures, but helps to keep your clinic or practice free from potential liability.
This is also true when sharing expectations and information around what a patient is responsible for, i.e. sharing their health history and cooperating on agreed treatment plans.
7. Clinical Trial Documents
Clinical trials are at the forefront of medical development, producing profoundly valuable information about new courses of care for a myriad of illnesses.
Anyone regardless of their native language, who is considering experimental treatment needs to be made fully aware of the risks — and possible rewards — involved in embarking on such a path.
Clinical trial document translation will ensure that there are no gaps in communication.
8. Prescription Labels
When non-English-speaking patients receives their care, they are often left with a prescription that they have to administer themselves.
It is vital, then, that the prescription labels and accompanying documentation are translated into the patient’s native tongue.
This ensures that the patient will understand what kind of drug interactions, if any, their medication might have as well as when to take it, whether or not to avoid alcohol, take it with food, or to avoid using machinery and the like.
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When it comes to translating your medical and healthcare material, accuracy, detail and quality are essential. This is high-level and detailed content that can mean the difference between life and death.
Here at LinguaLinx, we have 20 years of professional translation experience, working to industry guidelines and standards, as well as consistently meeting and exceeding performance and quality benchmarks.
If you need to translate your medical material, we’d love to talk with you about it. Consultations are free and there’s no obligation.
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