Healthcare Access

“Canaries in the mine…” the impact of Affordable Care Act implementation on people with disabilities: Evidence from interviews with disability advocates

Stephan Lindner, Ph.D. , Ruth Rowland, M.A., Margaret Spurlock, M.P.H.1,, Stan Dorn, J.D., Melinda Davis, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1,  January 2018, Pages 86-92 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.04.003 Background The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has many provisions that could improve health care for people with disabilities, including Medicaid expansion and the ability to purchase […]

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Healthcare utilization and associated barriers experienced by wheelchair users: A pilot study

Michael D. Stillman, M.D, Gina Bertocci, Ph.D., P.E, Craig Smalley, M.Eng., Steve Williams, M.D, Karen L. Frost, Ph.D., M.B.A. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p502–508 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.02.003   Background More than twenty-five years after passage of the ADA, little remains known about the experiences of wheelchair users when attempting to access health care and how accessibility may influence health […]

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“We don’t know. We’ve never had anybody like you before”: Barriers to perinatal care for women with physical disabilities

Lesley A. Tarasoff Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 3, p457–463 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.03.017   Background While more women with physical disabilities are becoming mothers, many encounter barriers to perinatal care and experience poor outcomes. Little is known about the perinatal care experiences and outcomes of women with physical disabilities in Canada. Objective This qualitative study sought to understand […]

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Fitness facilities still lack accessibility for people with disabilities

James H. Rimmer, PhD, Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, MS, Laurie A. Malone, PhD, Tapan Mehta Disability and Health Journal, April 2017, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 214–221 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.011   Background Fitness facilities have potential to serve as places of ‘health enhancement’ for many underserved populations, particularly among people with physical/mobility disabilities where walking outdoors to meet recommendations for regular physical activity is […]

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Starting a new conversation: Engaging Veterans with spinal cord injury in discussions of what function means to them, the barriers/facilitators they encounter, and the adaptations they use to optimize function

Jennifer N. Hill, M.A., Salva Balbale, M.S., Keshonna Lones, M.H.A., Sherri L. LaVela, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 114–122 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.05.012   Background Assessments of function in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) often utilize pre-defined constructs and measures without consideration of patient context, including how patients define function and what matters […]

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Disability stage and receipt of recommended care among elderly medicare beneficiaries

Ling Na, Ph.D., Sean Hennessy, PharmD., Ph.D., Hillary R. Bogner, M.D., M.S. C.E., Jibby E. Kurichi, M.P.H., Margaret Stineman, M.D., Joel E. Streim, M.D., Pui L. Kwong, M.P.H., Dawei Xie, Ph.D., Liliana E. Pezzin, Ph.D., J.D Disability and Health Journal, January 2017,  Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 48–57 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.09.007   Background Receipt of recommended care among older adults is generally low. Findings regarding […]

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Health spending among working-age immigrants with disabilities compared to those born in the US

Wassim Tarraf, M.B.A., Ph.D.; Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D.; Heather E. Dillaway, Ph.D.; Hector M. González, Ph.D.; Disability and Health Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3 Published online: January 28, 2016 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.01.007 Background Immigrants have disparate access to health care. Disabilities can amplify their health care burdens. Objective/hypothesis Examine how US- and foreign-born working-age adults with disabilities differ in […]

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Pregnancy among women with physical disabilities: Unmet needs and recommendations on navigating pregnancy

Monika Mitra , Ph.D., Linda M. Long-Bellil , Ph.D., J.D., Lisa I. Iezzoni , M.D., M.Sc., Suzanne C. Smeltzer , Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Lauren D. Smith , M.P.H. July 2016Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 457–463 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.12.007 Background Despite concerns raised in the literature on the adverse pregnancy outcomes of women with physical disabilities, there is […]

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Examining access to care for younger vs. older dual-eligible adults living in the community

Gilbert Gimm, Ph.D., Elizabeth Blodgett, M.H.P.A., Preeti Zanwar, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3 Published online: December 16, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.12.004 Background Recent state dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) payment reform demonstrations have included groups of both working-age and older adults, but relatively little is known about how access to care varies between these two […]

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Moving forward with dignity: Exploring health awareness in an isolated Deaf community of Australia

Daniel R. Terry, Ph.D, Quynh Lê, Ph.D., Hoang Boi Nguyen, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 2, p281–288 Published online: November 20, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.11.002 Background Those within the Deaf community are disadvantaged in a number of aspects of day-to-day life including their access to health care. At times, they may encounter barriers […]

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