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Accessibility of outpatient healthcare providers for wheelchair users: Pilot study

Karen L. Frost, PhD, MBA, et al.

Wheelchair users may receive less thorough healthcare because of inaccessible facilities, lack of accessible equipment, and medical staff not trained in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We conducted site assessments and surveyed clinical managers at 30 primary and specialty clinics to assess ADA compliance. Most restrooms and examination rooms were noncompliant, and most clinics did not have a height-adjustable examination table or accessible weight scale. Patients were examined while they remained seated in their wheelchair and asked to bring someone to help transfer. These practices are not compliant with the ADA. We recommend clinics conduct self-assessments and provide training on the ADA.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.01.0002

Volume 52 Number 6, 2015
   Pages 653 — 662


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Frost KL, Bertocci G, Stillman MD, Smalley C, Williams S. Accessibility of outpatient healthcare providers for wheelchair users: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(6):653–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.01.0002
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