Five Great Ways to Get Feedback from Non-English-Speaking Patients


  • Easy to reach patients and set up.
  • Can be translated into any language or format.
  • Can reveal interesting information: 8/10 senior healthcare professionals believe appointments start on time but 48% of patients say they had to wait.


  • Can be in print or digital via tablets.
  • Provide a welcome distraction in busy waiting rooms.
  • Again, can be translated into multiple languages and formats.

TIP: When using paper surveys, don’t forget to add a returns box, as patients might feel uncomfortable being honest if they have to hand forms to a member of staff.


  • Adding feedback forms to websites allows patients to come to you.
  • Available in any language or format.

TIP: Always consider that many people who feel motivated to come to your website to give you feedback may not be happy, so online data could have a negative bias.


  • Your interactions can be conducted in any language.
  • You can use automated messaging to contact patients in their own language.
  • Allows you to engage with broader groups.

TIP 1: Make sure you’re accessible on social media as people from all backgrounds will use these platforms.

TIP 2: Always consider what you post on social media platforms, as they are public forums.


  • Provided it’s done with respect, there’s nothing wrong with contacting patients for feedback over the phone directly.
  • This will allow you to easily receive feedback from partially sighted service users, as one example.
  • Can be conducted via an interpreter if the patient doesn’t speak English at all.


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Written by Elliot Glynn