Deaf and Hard of Hearing Healthcare Disparities | Idaho State University

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Healthcare Disparities

POCATELLO, ID – January 25, 2021

A study published this month in JAMA Network Open by ISU faculty members Elizabeth Schniedewind and Ryan Lindsay, along with Steven Snow from the Idaho Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides empirical data supporting that Deaf patients experience discrimination when accessing health care and have long reported the subpar communication they experience.

In this cross-sectional study including eight simulated patients, those who could hear were nearly two times more likely to secure appointments at 445 clinics than were simulated patients who were deaf. Among 80 unsuccessful requests [...]

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