Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Tina Keeler

Second Advisor

Jamie Rix


Hospitals need to analyze all patient care delivery methods, and especially those designated for vulnerable populations. The Deaf community is a particularly unique and often overlooked vulnerable population because of the additional communication barriers that they possess. The goal for this research is to look at the current best practices for communication and treatment in hospitals from the perspective of the Deaf community. This research also looks at how or if these practices are being carried out in community hospitals. In order to obtain this information, interview questions were developed with the help of an ASL interpreter and two interviews were conducted at area hospitals with communication specialists. After the information was analyzed, it was compared to the national standard from the perspective of Deaf organizations.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access