Meeting Deaf patients' communication needs

Megan Dickson, Ruth Magowan

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Effective communication between nurses and patients is a vital part of safe and effective nursing care. However, few health professionals receive training in how to communicate with Deaf people; as a result, attempts to communicate with Deaf patients is often inappropriate and undertaken without knowledge or understanding of their communication needs. This article examines the literature on ways in which Deaf patients experience communicating with, and receive care from, nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationNursing times
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2014


  • Communication
  • Deafness
  • Hearing impairment


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