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Ethical Scenario 8
A patient attends your practice and comes with a friend acting as a translator. On explaining the procedure, you don’t feel that the translator is conveying all the details for the patient to make a informed consent. How will you manage the situation?
Excellent Candidate response
- If you feel the patient isn’t receiving all the information, you can request the translator to ensure they are translating all details and not leaving anything out such that the patient is aware of everything before giving consent.
- If you still feel the details aren’t being portrayed accurately, you can request for a professional translator to be brought in at the next appointment prior to commencing treatment.
- It is essential the patient is aware of everything prior to carrying out the procedure. Otherwise their consent may be invalid.