Google translate not great

28 Dec 2014

Google Translate has only 57.7% accuracy when used for medical phrase translations and should not be trusted for important medical communications, researchers say. The paediatric intensive care doctors translated 10 medical phrases from English into 26 languages, which were then translated back into English by a native speaker. They  found that many were incorrect, for example,  “Your wife needs to be ventilated” in Bengali translated to “Your wife wind movement needed.” While google translate remains the most easily available and free initial mode of communication between a doctor and patient when language is a barrier, it should definitely not be used for taking consent for surgery or procedures, the study authors advise.

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