Medical Punjabi for health workers
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Medical Punjabi is a starting point for medical students and other health workers who want to obtain information on learning basic Punjabi (also Panjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) to take medical histories and meet patients. A number of start-ups produce medical translation apps; see, for example, Canopy Medical Translator.
What is medical Punjabi?
The purpose of medical Punjabi (or Panjabi) is "...to help the medical interviewer learn to conduct a simple but thorough history and physical examination in Punjabi. This includes a combination of words, simple phrases, and intermediate-level sentences, arranged under sections for taking a medical history and for physical examination, as well as a glossary of body parts/organs and common diseases. Some knowledge of basic Punjabi is helpful." (See also Medical Chinese for health workers)
Canadian & international contexts
In Canadian urban centres, especially in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal (though not exclusively), growing numbers of Punjabi-speaking citizens and communities are built around communities and South East Asian cultures. Canadian society is extremely diverse; and this is reflected in the many languages and ethnic groups spoken across the country. Increasingly, those same, numerous ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups come to health libraries to seek assistance from health librarians. Often, their goals are to find information in their mother tongue about Canadian health care or how to obtain reliable information about diseases, diagnostic tests and medical procedures. Within most institutions, there are often patient education materials written specifically by nurses and other health workers to communicate with Punjabit-speaking patients.
Medical app for foreign language translation
Canopy was funded by the NIH to create a medical translator application so that clinicians could communicate with patients in any language, instantly - Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and more. It is available as "Canopy Medical Translator" on the Apple App Store (access code 4449). If you're searching for Canopy using an iPad, switch to IPHONE ONLY at the top of the App Store search results.
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