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Table 2 Questions concerning Arabic-speaking individuals’ attitudes to the use of interpreters as a communication aid in healthcare

From: Arabic-speaking migrants’ attitudes, opinions, preferences and past experiences concerning the use of interpreters in healthcare: a postal cross-sectional survey

Variable N Agreed N (%) Disagree N (%) Mean ± Sd.
It is important that the interpreter helps you to find the way within health care to different consultations because it is difficult for me to read signs in English 53 51 (96%) 1 (2%) 3.9 ± 0.4
The interpreter helps me only with translation because I do not speak Swedish 53 50 (94%) 3 (6%) 3.8 ± 0.6
While I talk through an interpreter it is important to express myself clearly so the interpreter will be able to support me 52 48 (91%) 4 (8%) 3.7 ± 0.7
A nurse/physician always books an interpreter in advance when I need it 52 47 (87%) 5 (10%) 3.5 ± 0.7
It is difficult to guarantee that what I have said during the interpretation is made in confidence and that the interpreter will not spread it to others 53 45 (85%) 8 (15%) 3.3 ± 0.8
I prefer an interpreter who helps me with transport both before and after consultations in healthcare 52 36 (67%) 16 (15%) 3.0 ± 1.1
I always get a feeling of uncertainty while I talk through an interpreter because I do not know whether what I say is correctly translated or not 53 32 (60%) 21 (40%) 2.6 ± 1.1
I find that talking through an interpreter reduces intimacy between healthcare staff and me 51 30 (57%) 21 (40%) 1.9 ± 1.0
Talking through an interpreter makes me feel handicapped as I cannot speak Swedish 53 23 (43%) 30 (57%) 2.3 ± 1.2
I have not been in any situations in healthcare when booked interpreters have not turned up 51 23 (43%) 28 (53%) 2.4 ± 1.2
I always get a feeling of uncertainty while I talk through an interpreter because I do not know whether what I say is correctly translated or not 53 15 (28%) 38 (72%) 1.9 ± 1.0
The interpreter should not interpret literally and objectively 52 12 (25%) 40 (75%) 1.7 ± 1.2