Overcoming language barriers and linguistic prejudice in medicine
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Posted by: Jennifer Olivares
The journal Bioethics will shortly release a special issue focusing on the theme of “migration, health and ethics”. One of the papers in the issue addresses the underexplored topic of language barriers in clinical practice.
In her paper “Language barriers and epistemic injustice in healthcare settings”, McGill University linguist Yael Pelad explores how both barriers within languages and barriers between languages can impede everything from diagnosis and treatment to consultation and termination of treatment.