The deaf are about twice as likely to have mental health problems as people in the general population, according to a review of evidence.
In addition, the deaf experience greater difficulty in obtaining mental health care and quality of care tends to be lower, according to a review appearing online in The Lancet.
The researchers also found that deaf children who can not make themselves understood in their family were four times more likely to have mental health problems and are more likely to suffer persecution at school than in deaf children can interact with their family members, according to a journal news release.
One study found that men are three times more likely to be deaf and dumb girls are twice as likely to report sexual harassment, compared to children who can hear.
This study found that deaf patients reported fear, distrust and frustration with health care. Along with communication problems when viewing health professionals, deaf patients have problems with access to health information.
Deaf people need care too
“Increased access to health and mental health care can be achieved by a specialist service with a professional trained to directly communicate with the deaf and a sign-language interpreter,” said Dr. Johannes Fellinger, the Health Center for the Deaf in St John of God Hospital. in Linz, Austria, and colleagues.
About seven per 10,000 people around the world who are very or completely deaf, the beginning of deafness before the development of language, according to the release. U.S. study shows that about 25% of deaf students with other disabilities, including learning disabilities, developmental delays, visual impairment and autism.
“Patients from the deaf community have the same need for good communication and safe care as others,” said Dr. Andrew Alexander British tagapagpananaliksik, the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Dr Paddy Ladd, the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol, and Steve Powell, from SignHealth, at Beaconsfield, in an accompanying commentary.
“Physicians have a responsibility to recognize that communication is a two way process, and they need help to interact with this group of patients,” they said. “So what do you do when you meet the next patient from the deaf community Put yourself in their shoes and ask them how best to contact a good start.?”