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Language difficulties in outpatients and their impact on a chronic pain unit in Northwest Switzerland

Ruppen, Wilhelm and Bandschapp, Oliver and Urwyler, Albert. (2010) Language difficulties in outpatients and their impact on a chronic pain unit in Northwest Switzerland. Swiss medical weekly, Vol. 140, H. 17-18. pp. 260-264.

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Abstract

Many foreign patients attending our pain clinic are unable to understand one of the four Swiss national languages and are also unable to speak English. Therefore, communication with these patients can be very difficult or even impossible. Consequently, diagnosis and treatment may also prove difficult. Recognizing that language barriers can have deleterious effects, the use of an interpreter is at times the only way to communicate, however, the financial responsibility becomes that of the health care provider.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Querschnittsfächer (Klinik) > Anästhesiologie > Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin (Urwyler)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Querschnittsfächer (Klinik) > Anästhesiologie > Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin (Urwyler)
UniBasel Contributors:Urwyler, Albert
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:EMH
ISSN:1424-7860
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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