Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 633–634 | Cite as

Cynthia E. Roat: Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites: 50 Nourishing Selections from the Pacific Interpreters Newsletter, 2002–2010

Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2010, 280 pp, $34.95, ISBN: 1426931220
  • Elaine HsiehEmail author
Book Review

Interpreters have been viewed as an essential resource to improve the quality of care for patients with Limited-English-Proficiency (LEP). Despite the increasing attention to the complexity of bilingual and cross-cultural health care, recent studies have highlighted two major challenges. First, few providers have received training on working with interpreters [1], a needed element in ensuring quality of care for LEP populations [2]. Second, interpreters often are frustrated by interpersonal and communicative dilemmas that are not limited to linguistic or cultural differences during medical encounters [3]. Cynthia Roat’s recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, is an excellent response to these challenges. As one of the pioneering figures in the professionalization of medical interpreters, Roat’s reflections on the roles and functions of medical interpreters have great theoretical and practical significance. Originally published as the monthly columns for the Pacific...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

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