Best Practices for Patient-Clinician Communication for People with Disabilities in the Era of COVID-19

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Jun 19 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST


Clear and consistent communication is foundational to the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered health care. The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges to communication between clinicians and their patients due to the need for information to not only be accurate and understandable, but also to be timely. These challenges are further compounded when patients have conditions such as hearing loss, dementia, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or a range of physical disabilities. For example, the pervasive use of masks precludes people with hearing loss from reading lips. People with dementia or intellectual and developmental disabilities may not understand disruptions in their routines, or the need to observe public health guidance. People with certain physical disabilities may be unable to wear masks, or have difficulty communicating with their clinicians. This poor communication may have significant health impacts, including increased risk for infection, challenges in accessing treatment, and overall inequitable health care.

This webinar will feature an overview of key patient-clinician communication challenges and disability law and policies applicable for accessible and effective communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, identify techniques to facilitate health care communication with people with disabilities, and provide tools and resources to consider for better communication in the COVID world.




Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics and Co-Director, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia Universit


Roger Severino, JD, MPP, Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Marcie Roth, Executive Director and CEO, World Institute on Disability

Michael M. McKee, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Christopher J. Moreland, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin

Donna M. Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Elouise Ross Eberly Professor; Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Penn State College of Nursing

Gloria C. Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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