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The Role of the Medical Interpreter

The role of the medical interpreter is complex and multi-faceted. Please refer below to two working papers from the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC).

As a rule, working papers are drafted by a committee of experts, or sometimes by a single expert at the request of a committee. The content of the papers often reflects discussions held by the NCIHC as a whole. The draft is then reviewed by the entire board, whose input is integrated into the final product. These documents are works in progress and represent the current best thinking in the field; they may be adapted in the future, however, as the field grows and thinking matures.

Working Papers

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"The Role of the Healthcare Interpreter: An Evolving Dialogue" By Maria-Paz Beltran Avery, Ph.D., April 2001
"A National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Healthcare." July 2004
For a listing of all of NCICH’s working papers:
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