Stratus Video Topics: The Risk of Using Ad Hoc Interpreters
The Risk of Using Ad Hoc Interpreters in a Clinical Setting
An ad hoc interpreter is any bilingual individual who is not trained as a professional interpreter. It is easy to understand why healthcare providers turn to a patient’s family member or friends for interpretation – perhaps because the interaction is supposed to be quick, or the information is inconsequential. But while the reliance on non-professionals for interpretation is tempting, it has proven to be a problematic and risky practice by clinical studies.
The resources on this page provide insight into why turning to ad hoc interpreters is a bad idea, including many real-life personal stories from Stratus Video team members.