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Latino Community-Based Participatory Research Studies: A Model for Conducting Bilingual Translations

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Many behavioral health materials have not been translated into Spanish. Of those that are available in Spanish, some of them have not been translated correctly, many are only appropriate for a subgroup of Latinos, and/or multiple versions of the same materials exist. This article describes an innovative model of conducting bilingual English–Spanish translations as part of community-based participatory research studies and provides recommendations based on this model. In this article, the traditional process of conducting bilingual translations is reviewed, and an innovative model for conducting translations in collaboration with community partners is described. Finally, recommendations for conducting future health research studies with community partners are provided. Researchers, health care providers, educators, and community partners will benefit from learning about this innovative model that helps produce materials that are more culturally appropriate than those that are produced with the most commonly used method of conducting translations.

Un gran número de materiales acerca de salud del comportamiento behavioral health no han sido traducidos al español. De los que están disponibles en español, algunos no han sido traducidos correctamente, muchos son apropiados solamente para un subgrupo de latinos y/o existen múltiples versiones de los mismos materiales. Este artículo describe un modelo innovador para realizar traducciones bilingües de inglés-español como parte de estudios de investigación participativa basados en la comunidad y provee recomendaciones basadas en este modelo. En este artículo, se revisa el proceso tradicional de realizar traducciones bilingües y se describe un modelo innovador para conducir las traducciones en colaboración con miembros y entidades de la comunidad. Por último, se proveen recomendaciones para futuros estudios de la salud en colaboración con miembros y entidades de la comunidad. Investigadores, proveedores de cuidado de la salud, educadores, miembros y entidades de la comunidad se beneficiarán al conocer este modelo innovador que ayuda a producir materiales que son culturalmente más apropiados que los que se producen con el método de realizar traducciones más comúnmente utilizado.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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