Xiaoping Lin

Improving dementia diagnosis among people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds through e-interpreting

Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation – Victoria Project Grant
Project Snapshot

This project explores the use of web-based videoconferencing technology with interpreters (i.e., e-interpreting) in cognitive assessments with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Ten memory clients who are from CALD backgrounds will be recruited. Participants will receive two cognitive assessments (one using face-to-face and the other using e-interpreting) and complete a survey after each assessment. There will also be surveys with clinicians, interpreters and IT staff, as well as data collection of cost associated with the use of e-interpreting. These data will be used to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of e-interpreting. A protocol for using e-interpreting in cognitive assessments will also be developed. This project has potential for more timely diagnoses of dementia among people from CALD backgrounds and for improved cost-effectiveness of the current health system.

Where are they now?

Dr Xiaoping Lin is a Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice, Monash University and the National Ageing Research Institute. She has a particular interest in research with people from CALD backgrounds and has extensive links with the CALD community in Melbourne.