RIT and the University of Michigan are partnering in a three year study to improve the accessibility of health care information for the deaf community. They have received a three million dollar grant to assist in the project. This is one of the first studies on patient information access for deaf people that is actually being lead by deaf researchers and scientists.
The primary goal of the project is to close the gap in health literacy between deaf and hearing patients by increasing the ability of deaf clients to access health information. The study will look at how deaf and hearing patients access their health information, and will include processes like an eye-gaze camera that follows how clients read on a screen. Information already determined by the study includes the fact that deaf people are 7 times more likely to be under-informed about health issues and a deaf individual has a higher risk of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure or other health issues than hearing individuals.
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