Although it is generally considered to be connected with the pharmaceutical industry, the word “medical” has a much broader meaning. Because it involves sensitive matter such as human and animal health and requires special competencies, the term “life sciences” is widely used as well as the term “medical translation”.
Sub-fields of medical translation can be listed as medical documents, clinical research documents and reports, user and maintenance guides of medical devices and equipment, patent translations, medical reports, marketing authorization application files, patient information leaflets/informed consent forms, advertising and promotional texts of medical and pharmaceutical companies, publications of the pharmaceutical industry, all similar documents related to dentistry and animal health, medical literature files, and medical articles.
Characteristics of Medical Translation
- A translator who performs medical translation must have a full command of not only the target language, but also the respective field.
- The translatormust have gained proficiency in medical terms and concepts.
- As it contains sensitive subject matter such as health, there is no room for ambiguity or error in such translations.
- Different types of medical texts have their own styles. Preserving these styles is crucial when transferring them to the target language.
- The translator in this domain should follow the current developments in the domain and constantly better himself/herself.
- The translator should explore the subject of the text and be well informed on the subject before it is translated into the target language.
- Upon the completion of the translation process, the editing, proofreading and final revision processes should absolutely be implemented, and other check processes should also be included in the operation. It is recommended to include revision processes such as In-Country Review (ICR), interpretation of changes and corrections to the text made by a language professional after this review, and review of the translation memories and term lists (ICRI).
- Determination and implementation of the check points, such as QA, LQA, LSO etc., which are of great use to be implemented after translations in other fields, come in useful, in addition to all these processes.
Medical Translation Types
- Medical Documents: They cover any and all reports regarding the healthcare industry. Examples of such documents include package inserts, medical articles, analyzes, clinical trials and discharge reports, medical reports, marketing authorization application files, patient information leaflets/informed consent forms, and medical literature files.
- Medical Equipment: The translation of user guides for devices and equipment used by hospitals and healthcare providers are examples of such documents. When translating these documents, it is necessary to master the product terminology.
- Medical Products:Sometimes, patients may have to use medical products temporarily or permanently. Therefore, it is very important to translate the user guides of medical products to the target language by using simple language. Translation of these documents in a way that almost everyone can understand makes patients’ lives easier.
- Texts in Psychology and Psychiatry:Texts in the psychology field should also be translated by a medical translation professional.
- Pharmacy: All reports in this field should be translated into the target language by qualified professional translators in the fields of drug information, patents, marketing authorizations and marketing authorization approvals.
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