Faculty Advisor

Smith, Ruth L.

Faculty Advisor

Vaz, Richard F.


This project examines the delivery of informed consent in the medical field across cultures, with specific attention to potential barriers from linguistic differences in Worcester, Massachusetts. On the basis of qualitative interviews with medical professionals such as interpreters, doctors, and others, we investigated the accommodations and approaches to addressing such differences using interpretative analysis approaches. Our results emphasize distinctions in views of consent with patients of cultural difference, the significance of interpreters within the consent process, and the importance of trust within doctor-patient relationships.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs