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Doctors choose Google Translate to communicate with patients because of easy access

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 19 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3974
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

Doctors are using Google Translate to overcome language barriers in patient consultations, a research team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found.

The researchers learnt about doctors’ use of online translation tools while studying attitudes to vaccination among Polish and Romanian communities in England. The team spoke to doctors and others involved in delivering vaccines to these communities, who said that they often used online services rather than telephone or face to …

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