The present study was a descriptive retrospective single center study conducted in the O and G clinic of Grenoble University hospital during the period Feb 1, 2007 to Dec 31, 2010 and concerned all signing pregnant deaf patients. We excluded non-signing deaf patients (those who did not know sign language), patients presenting only for consultation and/or patients who did not give birth in the service. A collaboration agreement (which described the “Deaf patient” protocol) was signed in January 2007 between the O and G clinic on one hand, and the Rhône-Alpes Deaf Patient Reception and Care Unit (DPRCU) based in the hospital, on the other. The latter is a hospital department whose primary mission is to provide quality of care for the Deaf population. Its team consists of qualified interpreters, Deaf mediators, doctors, a psychologist, and a healthcare manager, with all staff fluent in sign language.
Citation: Equy V, Derore A, Vassort N, Branchet F, Mongourdin B, et al. (2013) Evaluation of Measures to Facilitate Access to Care for Pregnant Deaf Patients: Use of Interpreters and Training of Caregivers in Sign Language. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 1:103. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000103