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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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CARDOSO, Adriane Helena Alves; RODRIGUES, Karla Gomes  and  BACHION, Maria Márcia. Perception of persons with severe or profound deafness about the communication process during health care. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.4, pp.553-560. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study describes a qualitative approach with the objective of characterizing the perceptions of people with severe or profound deafness about the communication process in the context of health care services. Study participants were 11 people with severe and/or profound deafness, who were interviewed using Brazilian sign language (LIBRAS). The interactions were videotaped and then transcribed. Care was taken to maintain the grammatical construction which was characteristic in the expression of each person. Three categories emerged from thematic analysis: Understanding, Need for Mediation, Feelings. Deaf persons do not achieve effective communication in health care, during which they experience negative feelings. Hence, the presence of a professional interpreter is needed.

Keywords : communication; sign language; nursing.

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