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December 20, 2006

Use of Children as Interpreters

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2802. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2802-a

To the Editor: In their Research Letter documenting resident physicians' frequent use of children under the age of 12 years as interpreters in hospitals, Dr Weissman and colleagues1 have touched on only the most visible aspect of children as family caregivers. In their study, 22% of the 2047 resident physicians surveyed used children as interpreters.

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