This book examines interpreter-mediated medical encounters and focuses primarily on the phenomenon of bilingual health care. It highlights the interactive and coordinated nature of interpreter-mediated interactions. Elaine Hsieh has put together over 15 hours of interpreter-mediated medical encounters, interview data with 26 interpreters from 17 different cultures/languages, 39 health care providers from 5 clinical specialties, and surveys of 293 providers from 5 clinical specialties. The depth and richness of the data allows for the presentation of a theoretical framework that is not restricted by language combination or clinical contexts. This will be the first book of its kind that includes not only interpreters’ perspectives but also the needs and perspectives of providers from various clinical specialties.
Bilingual Health Communication presents an opportunity to lay out a new theoretical framework related to bilingual health care and connects the latest findings from multiple disciplines. This volume presents future research directions that promise development for both theory and practice in the field.
"Hsieh’s well-organized book provides an up-to-date synthesis of literature related to the use of interpreters in health care. Hsieh develops an excellent, holistic, contextual, and culturally sensitive model titled the 'Model of Bilingual Health Communication,' which is rich with information about the interaction between and among individuals and systems and the importance of the delivery of optimum health care services…Highly recommended" CHOICE