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February 09, 2007

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages

Health Information Translation is a product of three Ohio-based medical centers to provide high quality consumer health information in a variety of languages and topics.

LANGUAGES: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; English; French; Hindi; Japanese; Korean; Russian; Somali; Spanish; Ukrainian; Vietnamese.

TOPICS: Disaster Preparedness; Diagnostic Tests; Diseases and Conditions; Exercise and Rehabilitation; Food and Diet; General Information; Health and Wellness; Home Care; Pain and Comfort; Pregnancy and Baby Care; Safety; Stress and Coping; Surgery & Treatments.

Health Information Translations: http://www.healthinfotranslations.com/

While Health Information Translations is realtively new (2005) and much needed, there are other excellent sources of information for consumer health information in non-English languages. Much of the United States government health information has been translated at least into Spanish. Here is a gateway page to help you find those.

NNLM: Multilingual NIH Publications: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/resources/community/multilingualNIH.html

SPIRAL is a resource that focuses on providing information in Asian languages.

Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL): http://spiral.tufts.edu/

The 24 Languages Project identified the most important health information and has collected it in the most diverse collection of languages of these types of projects.

The 24 Languages Project: Consumer Health Brochures in Multiple Languages: http://library.med.utah.edu/24languages/

In Australia, the government funded an effort to locate and collect translated health information wherever they could find it. This massive database is searchable and contains over 10,000 consumer health items in various languages.

Australia: Victorian Government Health Information: Health Translations Directory: http://www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/

Posted by pfa at February 9, 2007 01:10 PM


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