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Two papers published with results from national project investigatng the health of the signing Deaf community in the UK

29 January 2015

BMJOpen and British Journal of General Practice publish papers with the results from a 4 year national study.

Professor Alan Emond and Professor Jim Kyle(Deaf Studies), have been collaborating over the last 4 years on a national project investigating the health of the signing Deaf community in the UK. 

The results have been published in the BMJOpen, title, The current health of the signing Deaf community in the UK compared with the general population: a cross-sectional study. This is the first comprehensive survey of the health of Deaf adults in the UK, utilising British Sign Language.  http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2014-006668?ijkey=bTEgQQw3jRsUyJx&keytype=ref 

Access to primary care affects the health of Deaf people, was published by the British journal of General Practice. Deaf sign language users occupy poorer socioeconomic positions, have poorer literacy, and have limited access to communication through speech. Yet they have their own fully functioning language (British Sign Language [BSL]), their own community network, and a rich and vibrant culture.  The authors use Deaf (with a capital D as in English or French) to indicate membership of the sign language using community.  http://bjgp.org/content/65/631/95.

 

 

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