Deaf Health Inequalities

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Common Health Problems

Deprivation and the Deaf community British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: “Legislation against Disability Discrimination has been powerless to prevent discrimination against this cultural/linguistic minority. Most Deaf people do not consider themselves to be disabled; a majority (55%) do not identify themselves as having a ‘Hearing Impairment’. If Deaf people all lived in one

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Health Literacy

Most Deaf adults in England have the English literacy of a nine-year-old, lack interaction through common conversations about health, and also possess significant gaps in health knowledge. Additionally, adequate health education in BSL that is both culturally appropriate and accessible, does not exist whether digital or otherwise. Many medical terms, such as artery or fibroid,

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Just Interpreters and Translated Information

Increasing interpreter services is often thought of as the best response to Deaf health inequalities. Sadly, this actually perpetuates and creates further entrenched inequalities. As indigenous BSL-users, British Deaf people suffer in a unique and discriminatory way when there is an insufficient language provision in the NHS. The ‘Just Interpreter’ approach creates a financially inefficient

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Negative Care Experiences

The frequent nature of Deaf negative care experiences is very troubling. Whether this be a result of communication barriers or discriminatory behaviour, Deaf people often find using GP services a difficult and negative experience. In worst case scenarios Deaf people find themselves talked down to, or even blamed for not providing an interpreter themselves Most

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Patient Use, confidence and involvement

As a result of negative experiences, lack of health literacy, and communication barriers many Deaf patients do not have the confidence to speak-up, let alone get involved in shaping their NHS services and being a partner in their health decisions. Minimal involvement and the absence of active responses from the NHS, especially when constructive criticism

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