Working with Deaf People: A Handbook for Healthcare Professionals

Working with Deaf People: A Handbook for Healthcare Professionals

By: Anna Middleton (editor)Paperback

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Long gone are the days when a deaf person is expected to struggle through a healthcare consultation with a health professional who has inadequate deaf awareness. Legislation now dictates that the onus is on the health professional to utilise the right communication skills. Deafness is very common, meaning that health professionals, whatever their specialist area, can expect to encounter a client with deafness or hearing loss on a daily basis. Working with Deaf People is intended for use as a general reference manual, offering practical advice on how to prepare for the consultation with clients who are deaf, deafblind or Deaf (i.e. use sign language as their first language). Information is offered about language, communication and culture; case studies demonstrate how the messages can be applied in practice. Every health professional, medical and nursing student, whatever their discipline and whatever country they work in, should have a copy of this book.

About Author

Dr Anna Middleton is a Consultant Research Genetic Counsellor and Principal Investigator working at the Institute of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. She received her MSc in Genetic Counselling from the University of Manchester in 1995, and was awarded a PhD in 2000 from the University of Leeds; her thesis involved gathering the attitudes of deaf and hard of hearing people towards pre-natal genetic testing for inherited deafness. She was also awarded registration with the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board in 2003. She has worked as a general genetic counsellor at St James's Hospital in Leeds (2000-2001) and a specialist cancer genetic counsellor at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge (2001-2005). Since then, she has run a Department of Health funded, national research project which involved collecting the views and beliefs of deaf and hard of hearing people towards genetic counselling, access to health services and attitudes towards communication with health professionals. She has previously been invited to discuss the implications of research as well as national issues relevant to deaf and hard of hearing people on the radio (e.g. BBC Radio Wales, BBC World Service, Radio Cardiff), TV (e.g. BBC See Hear, Channel 4 V-TV, CNN news, ITV Look North) and for articles published on issues about deafness (e.g. Nature, Telegraph, Western Mail). Anna Middleton has published extensively in the academic literature on deafness and genetic counselling research as well as presented at national and international conferences (in medicine, social sciences, genetic counselling and health communication). She is a UK representative on the GENDEAF European Concerted Action group on Psychosocial Issues Relating to Genetic Deafness (2002-2005), and a member of the UK Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors; elected by the AGNC membership on to the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board for the UK in 2004 and 2006-2010 acted in the role of Vice-Chair.


1. Facts and figures about deafness, NF2 and deafblindness Anna Middleton, Wanda Neary and Kerstin Moeller; 2. General themes to consider when working with deaf and hard of hearing clients Anna Middleton; 3. Specialist issues relevant to working with d/Deaf clients Anna Middleton; 4. Specialist issues relevant to working with clients with neurofibromatosis Type 2 Wanda Neary; 5. Specialist issues relevant to working with clients with deafblindness Kerstin Moeller; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521690850
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 230
  • ID: 9780521690850
  • weight: 250
  • ISBN10: 0521690854

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