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Getting into and around Health Care Settings

Lisa I. Iezzoni and Bonnie L. O'Day

in More than Ramps

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172768.003.0005
 Getting into and around Health Care Settings

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This chapter describes the physical barriers persons with disabilities can encounter when they visit health care settings, including difficulties opening doors, inaccessible restroom facilities, and examining tables that are too high for persons to access. It also examines problems encountered by patients who have blind or low vision as they try to navigate health care settings, including staff being unaware of appropriate ways to assist them with transiting through space (e.g., use of sighted guides). The chapter presents information about relatively low use of screening and preventive services among persons with mobility problems, and relates these findings to inaccessible equipment and other access barriers. Given higher rates of obesity and overweightness among persons with disabilities, particular issues relating to access for persons who are obese are also discussed.

Keywords: disability; health care; health care access; blind; mobility impairments; wheelchair; examining tables; obesity; screening services

Chapter.  6737 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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