Our work Research Using interpreters during a cognitive assessment Interpreters are a vital part of the health system and should be used by health professionals when working with a patient who has limited English proficiency. In this short video, we show health professionals how to work with interpreters to complete a cognitive assessment for an older person with suspected dementia. Our key messages are: Direct conversation towards the patient, not the interpreter. Use non-technical language. Use short sentences and allow time for the interpreter to relay what you have just said. At the end of the assessment summarise the key points. Make sure the patient is clear on any issues that need following up. Do not use family members as interpreters. Try to identify/recognise if there are any power dynamics in the family.