Syrian Refugee Medical Assessment Translation Tool

Reducing Language Barriers Between Syrian Refugees and Healthcare Providers

These free, secure online tools have been developed to allow patients to complete a full history and mental health screening in Arabic or Armenian, with the results automatically translated to English for healthcare providers to review and add to the patient record. Collecting this information in the patient’s first language can help ensure a more complete and accurate history is collected, including concerns around sensitive issues such as mental health.

“By decreasing the impact of language barriers, the medical translation tool will be incredibly valuable in helping us provide the highest level of care for these refugees.”

Dr. Sharon Domb, Family Physician with the Sunnybrook Family Health team

How to Use the Translation Tools

About the Translation Tools

The Syrian Refugee Medical Intake tools were developed as part of Cognisant Causes, a charitable program run by CognisantMD that provides resources – in the form of project-based technology and marketing support – to non-profit healthcare organizations at no cost.

To ensure patient health information is kept secure, data is encrypted both in transmission and in temporary storage. No personally-identifiable information is included on the form. The Platform is fully PHIPA-compliant, and all data remains in Canada.

Special thanks to Dr. Faisal Al-Sani, Dr. Nour Khatib, Mrs. Salpi Der Ghazarian, Dr. Ani Hasserjian and Mrs. Seza Nazarian of Armenian Family Support Services, Holy Trinity Armenian Church, for their assistance with translations.

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