Clear Masks Improve Patient-Provider Communication

Even before the pandemic, masks hampered communication for patients with hearing impairment. An experience MSK nurse Brianna DiTullio had with an immunocompromised patient in 2019 inspired her to research the use of clear masks. She recently shared her results at the Oncology Nursing Society’s Annual Conference. They were reported by Oncology Nursing News.

In her study, DiTullio first surveyed 6 patients with hearing impairment to establish a baseline for their speech perception. Staff members wore clear masks when meeting with the patients over two days, after which the patients took a follow-up survey. The results were notable: before the switch to clear masks, 67% of the patients reported often having difficulty understanding staff. After the intervention, this number decreased to 33% of the patients. Patients also reported an increase in trust levels of hospital staff.

DiTullio recommends that hospitals invest in clear masks to allow for communication with this significant patient population.

Special Event for MSK Nurses! Join us for “Disseminating Your Work: Beyond the Article”

Join us for the next event in our Advancing Authorship series.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 12:00pm- 1:30pm
Where: Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, Room 105, 417 E 68th St, New York, NY, 10065 (entrance on 69th Street)
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In today’s publishing world, the nursing community contributes to the growing body of healthcare and scientific knowledge. An author needs to go beyond the written word and take steps to bring awareness to their research through social media and other venues.  Join us to discover:

  • The value of writing for the non-scientist, policy maker, and other audiences.
  • What you need to know before you submit your manuscript for publication.
  • How to promote and increase awareness of your research using social media.

Speakers include:

  • Margaret Barton-Burke, BN, MS, PhD RN, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research, MSK
  • Stacie Corcoran, RN, MN, AOCNS, Program Director for Adult Cancer Survivorship, MSK
  • Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-chief, American Journal of Nursing

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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