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Deaf patients avoid their GP

1st October 2008

Researchers have found that 28% of deaf patients avoid visiting their family doctor because they find it hard to communicate.

With about nine million people in the UK who suffer from hearing problems, the research team from Kings College London has warned that there is a basic lack of deaf awareness and appropriate communication support offered by healthcare professionals. It wants to see basic instruction in deaf awareness and appropriate communication tactics to be added to the medical curriculum and taught to medical students to counter the problem.

 

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