Evaluation of a genetics education program for Health Interpreters: a pilot study

Miranda E. Vidgen*, Lindsay F. Fowles, Satrio Nindyo Istiko, Erin Evans, Katrina Cutler, Kate Sullivan, Jessica Bean, Louise Healy, Gary Hondow, Aideen M. McInerney-Leo, Gregory Pratt, Deborah Robins, Stephanie Best, Keri Finlay, Priya Ramarao-Milne, Nicola Waddell

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Health Interpreters enable effective communication between health practitioners and patients with limited knowledge of the predominant language. This study developed and evaluated a training session introducing Health Interpreters to genetics. The online training was delivered multiple times as a single 2-h session comprising lectures and activities. Participants completed questionnaires (pre-, post-, and 6-months follow-up) to assess the impact of training on knowledge, attitude, self-efficacy, and self-reported practice behaviour. Questionnaires were analysed using descriptive statistics, Fisher’s Exact, or independent t-test. In total, 118 interpreters participated in the training sessions. Respondent knowledge improved, with gains maintained at 6-months (p < 0.01). There were no changes in self-efficacy, and attitudes. Training did not change self-reported practice behaviour, but there was notable pre-existing variability in participants’ methods of managing unknown genetic words. Most respondents agreed that training was useful (93%) and relevant (79%) to their work. More respondents reported learning more from the case study activity (86%) than the group activity (58%). Health Interpreters found the training acceptable and demonstrated sustained improvement in knowledge of genetic concepts. Increased delivery of this training and associated research is needed to assess findings in a larger cohort and to measure the impact on patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number771892
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2022

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  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • education
  • evaluation
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • health interpreter
  • implementation
  • medical interpreter


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