Communicating effectively with deaf patients
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Communicating effectively with deaf patients

Monica McAleer Staff nurse, Eye/ear, Nose and Throat theatres, Queen’s Medical Centre, University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham

This article explores the communication needs of deaf patients who use British Sign Language as their first or preferred language. It would appear that these needs are not being met, particularly in acute hospital settings. Practical advice is provided for nurses to improve the quality of care that deaf patients receive.

Nursing Standard. 20, 19, 51-54. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.


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