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Table 7 Respondents' reports of messages to staff about interpreter use, by department

From: Overcoming language barriers with foreign-language speaking patients: a survey to investigate intra-hospital variation in attitudes and practices

Message to staff Anesthesiology/Pharmacology/
Intensive Care
Surgery Child and Adolescent Health Gynecology and Obstetrics Community Medicine and Primary Care Genetic Medicine and Laboratory Internal Medicine Clinical Neurosciences Psychiatry Rehabilitation and Geriatrics
Encourages use of GRC interpreters 4 (5%) 4 (4%) 59 (44%) 5 (16%) 38 (56%) 1 (5%) 19 (14%) 6 (11%) 63 (39%) 7 (7%)
Encourages use of alternative strategies 9 (10%) 14 (15) 12 (9%) 5 (16%) 5 (7%) 0 12 (9%) 3 (5%) 33 (21%) 13 (13%)
Provides no guidance 74 (85%) 76 (81) 64 (47%) 21(68%) 25 (37%) 19 (95%) 105 (77%) 48 (84%) 64 (40%) 78 (78%)
Total N 87 94 135 31 68 20 136 57 160 98