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Research Article

Evaluation of Measures to Facilitate Access to Care for Pregnant Deaf Patients: Use of Interpreters and Training of Caregivers in Sign Language

Véronique Equy1*Ariane Derore2Nadine Vassort1,2Françoise Branchet1Benoit Mongourdin3Pascale Hoffmann1Pierre-Simon Jouk4

 

1Clinique universitaire de gynécologie-obstétrique, Hôpital Couple Enfant, CHU de Grenoble, CS 10217, 38043 Grenoble cedex 09, France

2Département de Maïeutique de l’UFR de Médecine de Grenoble. Hôpital SUD CS 90338, 38434 Echirolles cedex, France

3Unité Rhône-Alpes d’Accueil et de Soins pour les Sourds, CHU de Grenoble, CS 10217, 38043 Grenoble cedex 09, France

4Hôpital Couple Enfant, CHU de Grenoble, CS 10217, 38043 Grenoble cedex 09, France

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Véronique Equy, M.D
Clinique Universitaire de Gynécologie-obstétrique
Hôpital Couple Enfant, CHU de Grenoble
CS 10217, 38043 Grenoble cedex 09, France
Tel: 0033476769450
Fax: 0033476769453
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 28, 2013; Accepted date: October 18, 2013; Published date: October 20, 2013

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

Copyright: © 2013 Equy V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Objectives: Deafness affects about 7% of the French population. In this context, the clinic of obstetrics and gynecology of Grenoble University Hospital (France) has set up two affirmative action’s to assist pregnant signingdeaf patients (who preferentially “speak” sign language). One is, a partnership with qualified French Sign Language interpreters from the Deaf Patient Reception and Care Unit, and the second is, sign language training for nine medical professionals. The aim of this study is to evaluate these initiatives in deaf patient care and propose some potential improvements.
Material and methods: This was a descriptive study conducted from information contained in the computerized and paper files of 22 pregnant signaling deaf patients.
Results: There is significant adaptation of patient management during scheduled consultations and hospitalization, whereas the adaptation rate remains poor for emergency situations.
Conclusion: The adaptation of care to the deaf turns out to be perfectible, through advance planning of the entire pregnancy consultation schedule. In emergency situations, the creation of a sign language interpreter on-call position would greatly improve the access to appropriate for these patients.

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