This article examines differences between interpreted and noninterpreted family conferences in intensive care units. Little is known about interactions between physicians and non-English speaking families of patients in intensive care.
Researchers taped 51 noninterpreted and 10 interpreted family conferences. Variables examined included length of conference, percentage of time that clinicians, families, and interpreters spoke, and the number of supportive statements uttered by clinicians.
This study suggests that interpreted conferences may not provide family members of patients with as much information or support as noninterpreted conferences.