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Saba Ali, Michael Hinckley

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"Naslijedeni ekcem je zapaljenje kože koje izaziva suhi ..." How many of us have carefully discussed a condition with a patient and prescribed proper treatment, only to finish our explanation and have the patient stare at us in utter confusion? Some patients might almost feel that an explanation of eczema would be just as understandable in Croatian as in English.

Although unintentional, at times we deluge our patients with information regarding their diagnosis, sometimes using arcane terminology, then prescribe treatment regimens the patient could never hope to remember. After already spending what seems like more than adequate time with the patient, the sight of the crowded waiting room prompts us to escape the patient's presence as quickly as possible to avoid further questions. This problem is partially remedied by providing patients educational pamphlets that allow them to read more about their respective conditions in an environment outside the busy (and sometimes overwhelming) clinic setting.

However, a certain group of patients may find such reading material unhelpful as many individuals do not share the same native tongue as their healthcare providers. Even for those who may have a conversational knowledge of the language the provider speaks, written materials might be difficult to comprehend. Of course, for those who have very little or no knowledge of the provider's language, the literature is essentially worthless. While a clinic may carry a few foreign-language pamphlets, many patients will not have any such brochures available in their native language, possibly making it difficult to get a fuller understanding of their skin disorder.

We decided a beneficial project would be to build a list of links where patient education information regarding skin disease could be found in languages besides English. With the widespread availability of the Internet, even without printed materials, patients can now augment their understanding (usually in simpler terms) of what we have tried to explain in the office setting. Thus, we attempted to search the Internet and compile a list of such sources. This was done predominantly using the search engine Google. We printed a list of the 50 most commonly spoken languages and focused on finding sites for these. In searching for different sites, we typed in various combinations of such words as: "skin," "patient," "education," "Spanish," and so forth. Some sites provided several language translations of the same information. Of course, some could not be found for some languages on our list (such as German, Dutch, Swedish, Burushaski, and Bangla) and other sites were found for languages not on that specific list. We did include whatever language links we found.

Once we found a site, we tried to verify that it did indeed contain dermatology-related information. This was predominantly made possible by the fact that most of the sites had English translations of the material on the same site, sometimes adjacent to the foreign language translation. We also had individuals familiar with some of the languages help us verify that certain sites in other languages were dermatology-related sites. A note next to the individual sites indicates how it was verified. A small number of sites were not verified.

Some might feel that such a compilation of websites should not be endorsed by dermatology providers as it is possible that some of the material was not written by healthcare professionals and thus may lack accurate information. However, these sites are clearly meant to be supplementary to the information received from individual healthcare professionals. Although we agree that medical information on the Internet may not always be presented in the manner we prefer, we still believe this information has the potential to benefit patients.

Although we have already compiled a fairly large list of language links, we believe that this should be a work in process and we gladly welcome contributions from healthcare providers around the world who are aware of other online dermatology sites.

Multilingual Dermatology Patient Information

Albanian
Arabic
Cambodian (Khmer)
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Filipino
French
Greek
Hindi
Hmong
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Lao
Macedonian
Maltese
Polish
Portuguese
Persian
Russian
Serbian
Singhalese
Somali
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

Free Translation Websites

Babelfish: http://babelfish.altavista.com
SDL International: http://www.freetranslation.com
Babelfish: http://www.worldlingo.com

International League of Dermatology Societies

http://web.ilds.org/societies.php

DermNet NZ

http://www.dermnetnz.org

Albanian

Dermatology Albanian info sheets - English translation same site

Arabic

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Sun protection - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Cambodian (Khmer)

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Chinese

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin -
English translation same site


Skin cancer - English translation same site
http://spiral.tufts.edu/chinese.html then http://www.cancer-fund.org/html/gbx/info/cancer0211.html

Sun protection - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site
http://www.healthinfotranslations.com/pdfDocs/050947_
Melanoma-Exam2_SiChi_Final.pdf

http://www.healthinfotranslations.com/pdfDocs/050778_
Melanoma-Exam2_TradiChi_Final.pdf


Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Croatian

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Czech

Save your skin from Australia's commonest cancer - English translation same site

Danish

Danderm: Danish information on dermatology and venereology

Filipino

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

French

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Société Française de Dermatologie

Société Française de Dermatologie Pédiatrique

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Greek

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Sun protection - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Hindi

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Hmong

Chickenpox - adjacent English translation

Cradle cap - adjacent English translation

Diaper rash - adjacent English translation

Eczema - adjacent English translation

Lice - adjacent English translation

Ringworm of the scalp - adjacent English translation

Ringworm of the skin - adjacent English translation

Thrush - adjacent English translation

Wound care - adjacent English translation

Indonesian

Save your skin from Australia's commonest cancer - English translation same site

Italian

All sites verified by Italian speaker

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Japanese

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Save your skin from Australia's commonest cancer - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Korean

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Lao

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Macedonian

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Sun protection - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Maltese

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Polish

Resources for health professionals and patients

Sun protection - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Portuguese

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Persian

Iranderma - verified by native speaker

Russian

Acne, dandruff, psoriasis - title in English, verified by Russian speaker

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Diaper rash - title in English, verified by Russian speaker

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun protection - verified by Russian speakers

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Serbian

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Singhalese

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Somali

Chickenpox - English translation adjacent

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Ringworm of the skin - English translation adjacent

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun protection - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Wound care - English translation adjacent

Spanish

Chickenpox - English translation adjacent

Common skin conditions - English translation same site

Cradle cap - English translation adjacent

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Diaper rash - English translation same site

Diaper rash - English translation adjacent

Eczema - English translation adjacent

Frostbite - English translation adjacent

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Lice - English translation adjacent

Melanoma - English translation same site

Mexican Academy of Dermatology

Ringworm of the scalp

Ringworm of the skin

Scabies

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Skin cancer and other skin conditions - verified by Spanish speaker

Sun protection for Australians - verified by Spanish speaker

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Thrush

Various skin conditions - verified by Spanish speaker

Wound care

Your skin common conditions - English translation same site

Thai

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Save your skin from Australia's commonest cancer - English translation same site

Turkish

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Sun protection for Australians - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

Ukrainian

Melanoma and skin exam - English translation same site

Skin cancer - English translation same site

Sun safety tips - English translation same site

Vietnamese

Dermatology info sheets - English translation same site

Diaper rash - English translation same site

How to enjoy the outdoors without damaging your skin - English translation same site

Molluscum contagiosum - English translation same site

Sun protection - English translation same site

Your skin: common conditions - English translation same site

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