Nurses' Perceptions of Technology Used in Language Interpretation for Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Jessica Marcus, Deborah Macmillan, Monica Ketchie, Patricia C. Clark

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Purpose:This project examined nurses' positive and negative perceptions of the technology used in language interpretation for patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP). The intervention was guided by the technology acceptance model, a framework that addresses users' acceptance or rejection of computer-based technology.Methods:A sample of 47 nurses participated. Nurses' perceptions of an existing telephone-based remote interpretation technology were compared with their perceptions of a video remote interpretation (VRI) system. Instruments included a structured questionnaire to collect nurses' demographic and other characteristics and to measure their perceptions of the technology used in language interpretation; open-ended questions were added on how technology affected nursing care and nurses' rapport and communication with patients. Questionnaires on the telephone-based interpretation technology were administered, and after an eight-week trial of the VRI technology, questionnaires on the VRI system were administered.Results:Overall, positive perceptions of VRI were significantly higher and negative perceptions significantly lower compared with perceptions of telephone-based interpretation technology (P < 0.001 for both). Qualitative findings indicated that VRI technology improved communication and was less time consuming for nurses.Conclusions:Nurses preferred VRI technology because of its positive effects on time expenditure and communication. VRI technology is likely to be adopted successfully and ensures increased use of professional language interpretation for patients with LEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • language
  • limited English proficiency
  • technology acceptance model
  • video remote interpretation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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