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Deaf People Have More Mental Health Problems, Less Access to Care
Date:3/16/2012

, from the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol; and Steve Powell, from SignHealth, in Beaconsfield, in an accompanying commentary.

"Clinicians have a responsibility to recognize that communication is a two-way process, and that they need assistance to communicate with this group of patients," they said. "So what should you do when you meet your next patient from the deaf community? Putting yourself in their shoes and asking them how best to communicate would be a good start."

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The American Academy of Family Physicians offers suggestions on how deaf or hearing-impaired people can work with their doctor.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, March 13, 2012


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