Lost in Translation: When Patient Information Crosses Borders

Inger Askehave, Karen Korning Zethsen

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This article deals with an aspect of patient information that differs somewhat from the traditional scope of this journal; namely the linguistic and translational aspects of Patient Information Leaflets (PILs). During the past decade much work has been dedicated to making the English PILs as informative and lay-friendly as possible. However, much of the good work is ruined when the PIL is translated. Why is this so and what can be done about it?
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Industrial Pharmacy
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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