Transcending the language barrier--creation of a multilingual dermatology website

Dermatol Online J. 2007 May 1;13(2):3.


In a linguistically diverse society, healthcare professionals must overcome the daunting task of effectively communicating with patients who speak a different language. In effort to aid healthcare professionals and their patients, an on-line dermatology patient education resource was created with links to various skin related topics in over 30 languages. The development of the on-line resource, key features of the information available on the website, and limitations experienced during its creation are discussed in the article.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication Barriers
  • Dermatology*
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Internet / organization & administration*
  • Language*
  • Medical Informatics / organization & administration
  • Needs Assessment
  • Program Development