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Poor Health Care for Deaf Sign Language Users in the US

The authors describe issues that cause poor health care for deaf sign language users and propose how public health workers can address them.
The logo for the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) in the United States is at the left. At right is the name of the journal "Preventing Chronic Disease" with its slogan, "Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy".

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The authors say that health care researchers understudy deaf people who use sign language. Meanwhile, health care workers do not serve them well. In response, the authors describe four issues that cause poor health care for deaf sign language users. Furthermore, they propose six things that public health can do to address these issues.

The authors are Steven Barnett, MD, Michael McKee, MD, MPH, Scott R. Smith, MD, MPH, and Thomas A. Pearson, MD, PhD, MPH. Meanwhile, the article published online in the March 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. You can read it for free at the link above. The web page is accessible for most people using screen reading software, but with some difficulty. For example, some links are labeled for people who cannot see them, but others are not.

Also learn about a study related to poor health care access for deaf people in the United Kingdom.

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