Deaf Health Equity Center
Fast Fact: Using Internet For Health Information

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"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo on the top right. A South Asian male with black hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""When you have a health problem or are curious about a health topic, where do you go first for information? Internet? Vlogs? Books? Newspapers?

Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center gathered data on health information seeking trends from a sample of 1,150 Deaf ASL users. In this sample, around 80% used the Internet to look for health information within the past year.

Our website, Facebook, and Twitter has health information and videos available all in ASL and English too!"

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Fast Fact: Taking Good Care of Your Health

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"Gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo at the top left corner. A young South Asian girl with black hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""Do you wonder if you are taking care of your health properly? Do you visit the doctor regularly for checkups, exercise, and eat healthy food?

This Deaf Health Lab gathered data from 891 Deaf ASL users; around 72% felt confident in their ability to take good care of their health.

How can you maintain a healthy lifestyle? You can eat fruits and vegetables, reduce salt and sugar intake, drink plenty fluids, exercise at least 30 minutes daily, and maintain a healthy body weight. That’s not all, be sure to visit the doctor for daily checkups when needed and pay attention to your body! A healthy lifestyle leads to a happier lifestyle!"

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Fast Fact: Suicide Prevention Awareness

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"Gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo at the top left corner. A white woman with blond hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""We can all help prevent suicide, and it’s important to know risk factors and signs. This Deaf Health lab gathered data from 1066 Deaf ASL users and found that around 25% (1 in 4) reported they do not have anyone they can talk with about their problems or difficult decisions.

If you or someone you know need support, you can go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online chat or VRS hotline and join us for the Out of Darkness walk at Gallaudet University on April 25 to raise awareness of suicide and provide support to the community. The link to register for the Out of Darkness walk is www.afsp.org/gallaudet"

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Fast Fact: Social Relationships

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"Gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo at the top left corner. A young South Asian girl with black hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""Do you have friends you can count on, trust? Friends provide companionship and support, which increases your overall life satisfaction.

Our Deaf health lab surveyed 1397 Deaf ASL users. About 83% said that their social support was good. Social health is an important part of your overall health, just like your physical and mental health.

Think about how you feel about your social health. You might want to join sports, clubs, or community groups. Take good care of yourself and your friends!"""

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Fast Fact: Satisfaction with VRI

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"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo on the top left. A South Asian male with black hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""Have you ever gone to a health care service and communicated with the doctors through Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) technology? Did you have a satisfactory experience, or did you feel like you faced some obstacles with clear communication?

This Deaf Health lab gathered data from 555 Deaf ASL users who had an experience with using VRI service and only 41% were satisfied with the quality of the VRI technology service.

If the Deaf patient is not satisfied with the quality of VRI service, they often are less willing to disclose health information. There are some problems that a Deaf patient may face while using VRI technology such as limitations for interpreter in the VRI to see the doctor’s movement or gestures as the VRI technology service often faces the Deaf patient. Not only that, the VRI often may freeze or lose connection, leaving the Deaf patient without clear access to communication."""

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Fast Fact: Quality of Life among Older Deaf Adults

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"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo on the top left. A Colombian woman with brown hair is wearing a white lab coat.

""When you think about your current life, what emotions do you feel? Are you happy? Sad? Disappointed? Many factors influence how you feel your life is going. This is known as ""quality of life."" Our Deaf Heath lab gathered data from 271 older deaf adults (55-95 years old). This lab found that deaf older adults who felt they had excellent social life were more likely to say their quality of life was higher compared to those who said their social health was poor. It is important for older Deaf adults to be in a healthy environment that allows social connection, usage of shared language, and cultural understanding. Having a good quality of life increases happiness!"""

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