Physical Disabilities

Cognitive and affective empathy among adolescent siblings of children with a physical disability

Lidia Perenc, M.D., Ryszard Pęczkowski, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 43-48 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.008 Background This study is a continuation of research on possible psychosocial benefits resulting from exposure to sibling with disability present in the family system. The issue seems to be especially important in Poland because of growing […]

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Obstetric clinicians’ experiences and educational preparation for caring for pregnant women with physical disabilities: A qualitative study

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Ed.D., R.N. , Monika Mitra, Ph.D., Linda Long-Bellil, Ph.D., J.D., Lisa I. Iezzoni, M.D., M.Sc., Lauren D. Smith, M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 8-13 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.07.004 Background Women with physical disabilities (WPD) experience major barriers to care during pregnancy. Lack of education about disability in health […]

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Dietary and physical activity behaviors of adults with developmental disabilities and their direct support professional providers

Kendall A. Leser, Ph.D., Phyllis L. Pirie, Ph.D., Amy K. Ferketich, Ph.D., Susan M. Havercamp, Ph.D.,Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p532–541 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.01.006   Background People with developmental disabilities lead more sedentary lifestyles, consume poorer diets, as well as have higher rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease when compared to […]

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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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Experiences and unmet needs of women with physical disabilities for pain relief during labor and delivery

Linda Long-Bellil, PhD, JD, Monika Mitra, PhD, Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, Lauren D. Smith, MPH Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 3, p440–444 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.02.007   Background Childbirth is widely acknowledged as one of the most painful experiences most women will undergo in their lifetimes. Alleviating labor and delivery pain for women with physical disabilities […]

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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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Female sterilization is more common among women with physical and/or sensory disabilities than women without disabilities in the United States

  Justine P. Wu, Michael M. McKee, Kimberly S. Mckee, Michelle A. Meade, Melissa Plegue, Ananda Sen Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 3, p400–405 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.020   Background Female sterilization accounts for 50% of all contraceptive use in the U.S. The extent to which U.S. women with physical and/or sensory disabilities have undergone female sterilization is unknown. Objective Our primary objective was […]

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Comparing women with and without disabilities in five-site “Healthy Weight” interventions for lesbian/bisexual women over 40

Michele J. Eliason (Professor), Jane A. McElroy (Associate Professor), Samantha Garbers, PhD, Asa Radix, MD, Linda Toms Barker (Principal Research Associate) Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 2, p271–278 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.005     Background Lesbian/bisexual women with physical disabilities (LBPD) are an under-studied population. Objectives This study compared LBPD to LB women without physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act on […]

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The learning and mentoring experiences of Paralympic coaches

Katherine E. Fairhurst, M.A., Gordon A. Bloom, Ph.D., William J. Harvey, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, April 2017, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 240–246 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.10.007   Background Participation in the Paralympic Games has grown substantially, yet the same growth and development has not occurred with empirical literature for coaching in disability sport. Objective The purpose of the current study […]

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Collaborative design of a health care experience survey for persons with disability

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Holly Matulewicz, MA, Sarah A. Marsella, MSc, Kimberley S. Warsett, MSW, Dennis Heaphy, MPH, EdM, MDiv, Karen Donelan, ScD, EdM Disability and Health Journal, April 2017, p231–239 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.022   Background When assessing results of health care delivery system reforms targeting persons with disability, quality metrics must reflect the experiences and perspectives of this population. […]

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