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Deaf people: What every clinician needs to know

  • Margaret du Feu
Summary

Deafness is a common and varied medical, social and psychological construct that affects a significant proportion of the population. Restricted communication and uninformed attitudes have adverse effects on the physical and mental health of deaf people. Clinicians need to know how to recognise and resolve these difficulties.

Learning Objectives

• Be aware of the high prevalence and diverse nature of deafness

• Recognise the importance of effective communication and how to achieve this with deaf people

• Understand the potential impact of deafness on mental and physical health

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Correspondence Dr Margaret du Feu, c/o BJPsych Advances, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, UK. Email: margaret.dufeu@gmail.com
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  • Margaret du Feu
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