Date of Award
Restricted Access Professional Report
Master of Science
Field of Study
Clinical Research Management
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Currently 16 million Hispanics in the U.S. do not speak any English making the need for Spanish translation apparent. Within the clinical research realm, accurate translation is important for complete comprehension of the informed consent process, as it is the application of the ethical principle of respect for persons (autonomy). This study found that literal translations might not always be the best form of translation. Instead, non-literal translations may offer better comprehension of the consent process. However, the effect of being bilingual and attaining high education levels are significant factors influencing the comprehension of the informed consent document. Additionally these factors may actually facilitate the understanding of the consent form more than the literal and non-literal translation. Lastly, the perception and meaning behind different translations can affect comprehension of consent concepts. Subjects preferred to be called participants showing that the two different translations can hold different meanings.
"Getting Lost in Translation: The Dangers in Literal Translation" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;