[The deaf patient--information for a barrier-free conversation with patients in dentistry]

Binggeli, Tatjana; Lussi, Adrian; Zimmerli, Brigitte (2009). [The deaf patient--information for a barrier-free conversation with patients in dentistry]. Schweizerische Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin, 119(8), pp. 795-806. Bern: Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft

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There are about 650,000 people with hearing problems in Switzerland, 10,000 of whom use sign language. About 100,000 people are hard of hearing. Deaf patients require special treatment in the dental office as they have specific communication needs. This community, like many other minority groups, has a sign language and a culture of its own. To prevent misunderstandings it is therefore very important to provide solutions for an enhanced communication. However, guidelines for the communication with deaf dental patients are still missing. Successful communication between deaf patients and dentist is essential for effective care. This paper is concerned with providing background information and introducing recommendations for unrestricted dentist-patient communication. The aim of this article is to improve dentists' knowledge of the appropriate communication with this patient group.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry

UniBE Contributor:

Binggeli, Tatjana; Lussi, Adrian and Zimmerli, Brigitte




Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschaft




Eveline Carmen Schuler

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:11

Last Modified:

25 Jan 2017 12:16

PubMed ID:



https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/31109 (FactScience: 195513)

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