Saturday, February 9, 2013

Personal Time on Medical Tools

It takes a lot of time for physicians who are deaf to set up the tools they need to do their jobs. Tools like electronic stethoscopes and closed-captioning technologies and submitting requests or coordinating with interpreters. While these items help the users, they can take as much as ten hours a week, according to a new study. Researchers asked questions of more than 50 medical students, residents and practicing physicians. Here's what the study found they used the most.

• Amplified stethoscopes (89%)
• Auditory equipment (32%)
• Computer-assisted real-time captioning (21%)
• Signed interpretation (21%)
• Oral interpretation — (14%)

The researchers come from the University of California at Davis, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. You can read details are in the latest issue of the journal Academic Medicine. .

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