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Interpreter Waiver Form
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Many hospitals require patients to sign waivers when they refuse to work with an interpreter because they prefer to have a family member or friend interpret. This is especially important when a patient is undergoing a procedure, a consent discussion, or making an important decision on treatment.
While ultimately this is one of their patient rights, few patients are aware of or understand the risks of not having a professional interpreter. These waivers usually explain the risks of miscommunication in health care and that these can have negative health outcomes or consequences. Safe communication is only guaranteed with the services of a qualified or competent interpreter and most patients are not usually able to tell the difference between a qualified and an unqualified interpreter. We have attached above a waiver sample for you as an example of a form that could be used in your institution.
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