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Medicolegal and Ethics Patients daughter is ok as translator or get a professional translator?

I remember a question from my school-issued NBME back in Jan which was something along the lines of a 70yr old guy is brought in by his daughter. He doesnt speak english but his daughter offers to translate.

The question came down to do you let her translate or do you get a professional translator?
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I think you can let her translate...Cos if he has come with her,that means he trusts her.Unless the pt states otherwise...Or the daughter too can't translate in a better way.

Note : Its My guess...No guarantee.
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on usmle-exam u always ask for a translator.
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Professional Translator simply because
1- You are unclear of how good the daughter is at English
2- Maybe she doesn't understand Medical terms
3- Privacy issues- he may not want her to know all details
4- She may choose to omit details to her father to protect him.
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oh good, thats what i chose lol

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