Perceived accessibility versus actual physical accessibility of healthcare facilities

Short Title:
Perceived accessibility versus actual physical accessibility of healthcare facilities
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J38366.
Journal:
Rehabilitation Nursing
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2000, vol. 25, issue 1, pp 6-9
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Study of how health care clinics view their own accessibility for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI), with comparisons to how well the clinics actually met the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Data are from a survey and on-site inspection of 40 clinics in a midwestern city. All 40 sites reported that someone in a wheelchair could enter the building, the examination room, and the bathroom. However, most did not have an examination table that could be lowered to wheelchair level. Most reported limited experience in working with persons with SCI, but claimed to be able to assist with difficult transfers. Only one site knew about autonomic dysreflexia. The authors conclude that problems of accessibility may be compounded by the clinics' misperception that they fully meet accessibility guidelines.
Author(s):
Sanchez, J.; Byfield, G.; Brown, T. T.; LaFavor, K.; Marphy, D.; Laud, P.
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