"Translation of patient information leaflets: Trained translators and pharmacists-cum-translators – a comparison"

  • Jensen M
  • Korning Zethsen K
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\tThe Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is a crucial genre for adequate communication between health professionals, patients and pharmaceutical laboratories as far as taking medicines safely and efficiently is concerned. Although PILs are intended to be easily understood by patients, a number of researchers have highlighted that many PILs are not user-friendly. What is more, because of difficulties in understanding some of the concepts that PILs contain, many patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. The fundamental cause of this lack of reader-friendliness may be found in the qualifications and academic backgrounds of the translators of PILs. Nisbeth Jensen and Zethsen address this important issue in their article. They start from the following question: do trained translators translate PILs in a different way from pharmacists-cum-translators? Their hypothesis is that subject-matter experts translate differently from trained translators in cases where expert–lay communication is further complicated by interlingual translation. In their analysis, they focus their attention on two elements that affect comprehension in a negative way in this particular genre: (1) Greek and Latin terms and (2) nominalizations. One of their main findings is that pharmacists-cum-translators make use of more Greek and Latin-based terms and introduce more nominalizations than trained translators. Indeed, their findings demonstrate that these two groups of professionals really do translate PILs in different ways, and that the differences affect reader-friendliness. [Source: Editors]

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  • Género
  • Medicina
  • Profesión
  • Técnico

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  • SGR: 84902519324
  • PUI: 373316276
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84902519324
  • ISSN: 2295-5739


  • Matilde Nisbeth Jensen

  • Karen Korning Zethsen

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