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Barriers and strategies affecting the utilisation of primary preventive services for people with physical disabilities: a qualitative inquiry

Authors:
KROLL Thilo, et al
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 14(4), July 2006, pp.284-293.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Individuals with physical disabilities are less likely to utilise primary preventive healthcare services than the general population. At the same time they are at greater risk for secondary conditions and as likely as the general population to engage in health risk behaviours. This qualitative exploratory study had two principal objectives: (1) to investigate access barriers to obtaining preventive healthcare services for adults with physical disabilities and (2) to identify strategies to increase access to these services. The authors conducted five focus group interviews with adults (median age: 46) with various physically disabling conditions. Most participants were male Caucasians residing in Virginia, USA. Study participants reported a variety of barriers that prevented them from receiving the primary preventive services commonly recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force.The authors  used a health services framework to distinguish structural–environmental (to include inaccessible facilities and examination equipment) or process barriers (to include a lack of disability-related provider knowledge, respect, and skilled assistance during office visits). Participants suggested a range of strategies to address these barriers including disability-specific continuing education for providers, the development of accessible prevention-focused information portals for people with physical disabilities, and consumer self-education, and assertiveness in requesting recommended services. Study findings point to the need for a more responsive healthcare system to effectively meet the primary prevention needs of people with physical disabilities. The authors propose the development of a consumer- and provider-focused resource and information kit that reflects the strategies that were suggested by study participants.

Book

Free2pee: lifting the lid on bad access

Authors:
CROOKS Andrew, MAY Paul, MCGINLAY Kate
Publisher:
SCOPE
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
London

The Free 2 Pee campaign is encouraging as many people  to complete a short access survey. Free 2 Pee highlights that when a disabled person visits a restaurant, cinema, tourist attraction, sporting venue or bar they have a right to use a toilet. But many building are being caught short by not providing proper facilities.

Book

Welcoming disabled customers

Author:
EMPLOYERS' FORUM ON DISABILITY
Publisher:
Employers' Forum on Disability
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
26p.
Place of publication:
London

This is an accessible introduction to all front-line staff which sets out the experiences and preferences of disabled customers. It offers practical advice on how to offer quality service to disabled customers

Journal article

Part 3 Code of Practice

Author:
WILLIAMS Peter J.G.
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 105, Winter 2005, pp.6-8.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has been updated by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has announced that a draft Code of Practice will revise the existing Code to reflect these changes. The author explores these new developments and looks at: the purpose of the code; changes from the existing code; extended definitions; and reasonable adjustments.

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Gaining and retaining a job: the Department for Work and Pensions' support for disabled people

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. National Audit Office
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
59p.
Place of publication:
London

In 2004, of the 6.7 million disabled people of working age in Britain, 50 per cent were in employment compared to 75 per cent of the working age population as a whole. The Government has made a commitment to increase the employment rate of disabled people and to reduce the difference between their employment rate and the overall rate by 2006. This NAO report examines the barriers faced by disabled people in finding and retaining employment, the specialist programmes and schemes provided by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to address this issue, the quality and accessibility of support available, and the cost effectiveness of such schemes. The report finds that the DWP funds a broad range of schemes (which are managed by Jobcentre Plus and contracted out to a range of providers in the public, private and voluntary sectors) and is on course to meet its target for increasing the employment rate of disabled people. However, more progress is needed to ensure such programmes benefit a wider number of people.

Journal article

Web-based higher education: the inclusion/exclusion paradox

Author:
STEYAERT Jan
Journal article citation:
Journal of Technology in Human Services, 23(1/2), 2005, pp.67-78.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Increasingly, education is delivered through computers and the internet. This article highlights that while such development is beneficial for some students with functional impairments, it might be excluding others if insufficient attention is paid to accessibility. Both the electronic learning environment (Blackboard, WebCT and the like) as well as the content author need to design for accessibility.

Journal

Access by Design

Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Access by Design is the leading UK publication with a focus on design, disability and access to the built environment. Published quarterly, Access by Design regularly features: design sheets, building studies, updates on legislation, reports on current research and book reviews. Articles from this journal were abstracted and indexed selectively on Social Care Online.

Journal article

Reviewing the NRAC

Author:
PUECH Brenda
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 102, Spring 2005, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

Outlines changes to the National Register of Access Consultants following the review completed in January 2005.

Journal article

All aboard

Author:
BARTLETT Sarah
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.02.05, 2005, p.41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a scheme which employs disabled people in London to test the accessibility of buses and taxis. The scheme run by Westminster Employment Service (WES) in partnership with TNS Mystery Shopping and Transport for London won the Community Care Awards' disability category.

Journal article

Equal opportunity and inclusion

Author:
SMITH Maria
Journal article citation:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, 47, Summer 2004, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
National Centre for Disabled Parents

Describes the development of a self-assessment toolkit by the Cheshire Parents Advisory Group, which was set up in March 2003 and identified the need for a project to develop good practice on the theme of fair access to services. Five disabled parents joined the project which had the starting points equal opportunity and inclusion.

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