Deaf: A Concept Analysis From a Cultural Perspective Using the Wilson Method of Concept Analysis Development

Kathy M. Pendergrass, Susan D. Newman, Elaine G Jones, Carolyn H. Jenkins

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide an analysis of the concept Deaf to increase health care provider (HCP) understanding from a cultural perspective. Deaf signers, people with hearing loss who communicate primarily in American Sign Language (ASL), generally define the term Deaf as a cultural heritage. In the health care setting, the term deaf is most often defined as a pathological condition requiring medical intervention. When HCPs are unaware that there are both cultural and pathological views of hearing loss, significant barriers may exist between the HCP and the Deaf individual. The concept of Deaf is analyzed using the Wilsonian method. Essential elements of the concept “Deaf” from a cultural perspective include a personal choice to communicate primarily in ASL and identify with the Deaf community. Resources for HCPs are needed to quickly identify Deaf signers and provide appropriate communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • access
  • advanced practice nurse
  • American Sign Language
  • barriers
  • clinical research areas
  • competency
  • culture
  • deaf
  • deaf culture
  • health care settings
  • health disparities
  • linguistic minority
  • nursing interventions
  • patient–provider communication
  • vulnerable populations

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  • Nursing(all)

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Deaf : A Concept Analysis From a Cultural Perspective Using the Wilson Method of Concept Analysis Development. / Pendergrass, Kathy M.; Newman, Susan D.; Jones, Elaine G; Jenkins, Carolyn H.

In: Clinical Nursing Research, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 79-93.

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Pendergrass, Kathy M. ; Newman, Susan D. ; Jones, Elaine G ; Jenkins, Carolyn H. / Deaf : A Concept Analysis From a Cultural Perspective Using the Wilson Method of Concept Analysis Development. In: Clinical Nursing Research. 2019 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 79-93.
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