Speech intelligibility in hospitals.

  title={Speech intelligibility in hospitals.},
  author={Erica E. Ryherd and Michael M{\"o}ller and T S Jeffrey Hsu},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={134 1},
Effective communication between staff members is key to patient safety in hospitals. A variety of patient care activities including admittance, evaluation, and treatment rely on oral communication. Surprisingly, published information on speech intelligibility in hospitals is extremely limited. In this study, speech intelligibility measurements and occupant evaluations were conducted in 20 units of five different U.S. hospitals. A variety of unit types and locations were studied. Results show… CONTINUE READING
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