Inclusive healthcare for Deaf people worldwide

Making sure Deaf people are heard and providing inclusive patient healthcare worldwide

Many Deaf people around the world face inequalities when accessing healthcare services or information – from visiting their GP or having a scan during pregnancy, to seeking support with their mental health.

They are more likely to suffer ill health than other people, simply because it is harder for them to use the health services that many of us take for granted, and because they are twice as likely to have high blood pressure, four times more likely to develop diabetes, and generally have a reduced life expectancy.[1]

We should all be able to talk to our doctors and nurses, and for them to talk to us, but many studies report Deaf patients encounter severe communication barriers when accessing health services.

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