Communication and the hearing-impaired patient
Antoinette Slaven Staff nurse, Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, Wessex Neurological Centre, Southampton General Hospital
Hearing impairment affects significant numbers of the people who are most likely to use healthcare services. Nursing skills in this area still fall short of acceptable standards. Awareness of the scale of the problem, identification of those affected and knowledge of how best to communicate with them are crucial to providing sensitive and individualised care.
Nursing Standard. 18, 12,39-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.12.18.12.39.c3514Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review