Ethnographic research on ad-hoc interpreting in an emergency department: the challenges of data collection

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Abstract

This paper describes the methods used and the challenges encountered during data collection for an ethnographic study on language barriers and ad-hoc interpreting in a linguistically diverse inner-city hospital emergency department (ED). Data collection relied on ethnographic participant observation and transcripts of audio-recorded clinician-patient interactions to describe and analyse how staff, patients, and ad-hoc interpreters interact in an ED setting. This paper reviews the different practical steps that needed to be undertaken before embarking on data collection, with a view to stirring the discussion on these issues and facilitating future research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherKing's College London, Centre for Language Discourse & Communication
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameWorking Papers in Urban Language and Literacies
PublisherCentre for Language Discourse & Communication, King's College London
No.151

Keywords

  • audio recording, language barriers, ad hoc interpreting, emergency department, ethnographic data collection, access to the field

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