Meeting deaf patients' communication needs

Nurs Times. 2014 Dec 3-9;110(49):12-5.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Communication Barriers*
  • Deafness / nursing*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Staff / education*
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments / rehabilitation*
  • Sign Language*