learning to format medical documents- feedback wanted
Thread poster: Luke Mersh

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:35
Spanish to English
Feb 26, 2012

I would like to know if somebody could tell me about how to format medical documents or where I can find information on this subject.

many thanks
luke


 

Jing Nie
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What is "format medical documents"? Feb 27, 2012

luke mersh wrote:

I would like to know if somebody could tell me about how to format medical documents or where I can find information on this subject.

many thanks
luke


 

xiamen-mts  Identity Verified
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RE:learning to format medical documents- feedback wanted Feb 27, 2012

I was confused about your questions either.

 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:35
Spanish to English
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clarification Feb 27, 2012

Sorry , I should be clearer.

I meant how to format or layout medical forms or questionnaires.
such as admission forms, etc.

Is there a certain procedure or any changes , or when you translate a medical form all the fields are in the same place,do you have to put explanation in brackets of what each field is above the translation.?

regards
luke


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
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Format of all document translations Feb 27, 2012

depends on the format of the source. Medical documents are no exclusion: your translated document should be always formatted the same way as the source document. In case you use CAT tools you shouldn't worry about the formatting.

Explanation are needed sometimes, for example, in glossaries or lists of abbreviations. However, there are no general rules, and you should always discuss such things with your customers.


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
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samples Feb 27, 2012

Is there anywhere where I can see some samples to get an idea?

 

Natalie  Identity Verified
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Samples of what? Feb 27, 2012

Medical documents are mostly confidential.

However, for those that are publicly available, you may want to use Google for searches:
http://www.google.com


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:35
Spanish to English
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feedback Feb 27, 2012

I was hoping you would know of some websites where i could look

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Try googling "Medical documents" + examples Feb 27, 2012

You will be flooded with hits, but there are some images that might be helpful (and probably lots that won't...) You may be able to add your own extra search terms to refine the search.

But you can normally assume that layout as in the source, with correct translations but not a lot of explanations, will be fine.

This applies if your target readers are professionals - e.g. I translate medical records for insurance purposes and for research studies, and here it is simply a case of translating the texts as they are as far as possible.

If you are translating for the patients, then you may have to explain some of the terminology or use 'normal' language. I would decide where possible on one term and write it where it appears in the source, e.g. disease for morbus and so on. (Danish medical Latin is more distant from the everyday language than the English equivalent - I don't know about Spanish.) But you should probably ask the client precisely what is needed. Many patients are experts in the jargon and terminology of their own diseases, as you will know from interpreting, so there is no need to talk down to them.

On a purely technical level, I sometimes find that setting up a table in Word and hiding the lines is easier than using the tabulators, but if there are only a couple of columns, then the tabulators are fine.


 


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