Redressing health inequalities through evidence-based health and social care practice with Deaf sign language users

Impact: Health and wellbeing, Society and culture


Deaf signers experience significant health inequalities because health/social care interventions are not designed to respond to their cultural-linguistic needs. Research from SORD (Social Research with Deaf people), our sign-bilingual research group at the University of Manchester, has resulted in more accurate diagnosis and recovery measurement in treating common mental health problems through the adaptation, validation and implementation of health assessment tools in BSL (British Sign Language); improved commissioning guidelines to ensure more targeted and culturally sensitive service provision; the development of new tailored social care interventions for Deaf BSL users with dementia and their carers; and far greater involvement of Deaf people in specifying the key components of effective health and social care for them.
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Category of impactHealth and wellbeing, Society and culture
Impact levelAdoption

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing