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Telehealth and the Deaf: A Comparison Study

Jaime A. B. Wilson and M. Gawain Wells
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Vol. 14, No. 3 (SUMMER 2009), pp. 386-402
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42659001
Page Count: 17
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Telehealth and the Deaf: A Comparison Study
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Abstract

Within the deaf population, an extreme mental health professional shortage exists that may be alleviated with videoconferencing technology—also known as telehealth.Moreover, much needed mental health education within the deaf population remains largely inaccessible. Researchers have warned that the deaf population may remain underserved if significant changes do not take place with traditional service delivery methods. This article evaluated the efficacy of telehealth in teaching psychoeducational objectives, with special emphasis given to its application to the deaf population. Results indicate that telehealth can be regarded as an efficacious and cost-effective option in delivering health care to the deaf population. Participants also indicated satisfaction with the telehealth technology.The use of printed transcripts for educational purposes is encouraged given the significant findings in this article. The findings also have implications for the literature on singlesession interventions.

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