Int J Equity Health 2021 Jul 23;20(1):170. Epub 2021 Jul 23.
Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, PO Box 41096, Casuarina, Darwin, NT, 0811, Australia.
Background: In hospitals globally, patient centred communication is difficult to practice, and interpreters are underused. Low uptake of interpreters is commonly attributed to limited interpreter availability, time constraints and that interpreter-medicated communication in healthcare is an aberration. In Australia's Northern Territory at Royal Darwin Hospital, it is estimated around 50% of Aboriginal patients would benefit from an interpreter, yet approximately 17% get access. Read More