The book contains a glossary of Chinese-English health care terms and phrases aiming at helping Chinese-speaking immigrants communicate with English-speaking health care professionals. It was co-authored Ms. Wai-Ping Cheung Chow, Mr. Vincent Wing-Kai Chu, Ms. Lau-Yuk Lai Shum and Ms.Helen May-Lin Sung in Vancouver, B.C. in 1996 with the assistance of several local and overseas physicians.
When Patients’ Companion was published, the 3,000 copies from the first print run were sold out in a month. Subsequently, it was reprinted a number of times. Over 10,000 copies have been sold in Canada and the United States.
The book was updated and expanded in 2008 to make sure that it continues to serve as a useful resource for Chinese-speaking immigrant families.
The cost of the book is C$12.00.