Patient Surveys: Diversity in Medical Translation
Most patient surveys are developed for a homogeneous Western target population and fail to take into consideration the diverse cultures, languages and geographies of the actual patient pool. Yet, such surveys remain one of the cornerstones for evaluating patient experience and for patient-provider communication. Some situations and activities in patient questionnaires are not relevant or equivalent across cultures (back pain caused by shoveling snow, walking several blocks, doing housework). In other cases, terms need to be adapted for specific locales (“saubermachen” in Germany, but “putzen” in Switzerland for “cleaning”). These linguistic and cultural gaps are reason for serious concern and translators must learn to use cross-cultural adaptation to guarantee both conceptual and semantic equivalence to ensure the reliability and validity of patient-reported outcomes.
We will examine common problems that arise during the translation, back-translation and validation steps and tackle “untranslatable” concepts, idiomatic expressions and metaphors and degrees of linguistic deficiency and abstraction.
Translators already specialising in medical translation.
Translators considering crossing over into medical translation.
Translators who want to learn how to work on multilingual medical translation projects.
At the end of this session, participants will be able:
To adapt to the cultural and linguistic conventions of the target community.
To identify gaps in source-target correspondence and choose an appropriate in a medical context.
To apply free translation strategies to translate cultural references, idioms, and micro-level translation problems to bridge the linguistic divide.
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What are patient surveys?
What process is used for multilingual international patient surveys?
How do you decide between meaning and effect?
What is plain language?
When is cultural adaptation necessary?
What is equivalence?
Why am I being asked to back-translate a survey?
What are the major hurdles and some strategies to overcome them?
Practicum and examples
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Price: 20.00 USD
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