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Letters Patients who don’t speak your language

Healthcare professionals need more training about human trafficking and the safe use of interpreters

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 01 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2671
  1. Toby Bonvoisin, fourth year medical student
  1. University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2RX, UK
  1. tbonvoisin1{at}

SD and ZA’s article was a good insight into how clinicians can communicate sensitively and effectively through family translators, while considering them as people too.1 It is important to bear in mind, however, that a small minority of patients bring someone along to translate who isn’t who they say they are or does not have the patient’s best interests …

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