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Interpreting in psychiatry: a clinician's perspective. Commentary on … The need for measurable standards in mental health interpreting

  • Seamus MacSuibhne (a1)
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Cambridge et al describe the neglect into which consideration of the role of the interpreter in the encounter between patient and mental health professional has fallen. Much of what little literature exists on the topic is concerned with adverse events related to interpreting, rather than the interpreter's role per se. Cambridge et al are to be commended for a paper which may help bridge the gap between theory and practice of interpretation on the one side and psychiatry on the other.

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Seamus MacSuibhne (seamus.macsuibhne@ucd.ie)
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See editorial, pp. 121–124, this issue.

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Interpreting in psychiatry: a clinician's perspective. Commentary on … The need for measurable standards in mental health interpreting

  • Seamus MacSuibhne (a1)
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