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Keywords

healthcare interpreters, interpreters, language barriers, person-centered care

 

Authors

  1. Salavati, Darya BSc, RN
  2. Lindholm, Fanny BSc, RN
  3. Drevenhorn, Eva PhD

Abstract

Purpose: This study explored nursing experiences using interpreters in primary healthcare settings.

 

Methods: Eight nurses in southern Sweden were subjected to semistructured interviews. The responses were divided into three categories using content analysis: interpreter influence, challenges, and strategies.

 

Results: Despite using an interpreter to minimize language barriers, nurses do not achieve the same level of person-centered care as those who speak the same language as their patients, but translation services remain a useful communication tool for patient care.

 

Conclusion: Communication through an interpreter is an inevitability for healthcare professionals, and formal education is recommended to improve nurses' utilization of these services.