*NEW* Deaf Individuals Access to Healthcare Research PublishedTuesday January 26, 2021
Comparison of Access to Primary Care Medical and Dental Appointments Between Simulated Patients Who Were Deaf and Patients Who Could Hear
A newly published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Elizabeth Schniedewind, Dr. Ryan P. Lindsay and Mr. Steven Snow presents a cross-sectional audit study was conducted to determine if patients who could hear are more likely to secure new patient primary care or dental appointments than Deaf patients who use American Sign Language. During this study, simulated Deaf patient and simulated patients who could hear were given identical lists of primary care and dental offices and were instructed to call to establish new patient appointments. The study found that Deaf patients were nearly two times more likely than hearing patients to be denied an initial healthcare appointment. The findings suggest that requests for appointments failed most often because Deaf patients requested sign language interpreters. This accommodation would have been necessary for effective communication during these appointments.