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Barriers to Quality Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Attiyah, Hanadi (2013) Barriers to Quality Health Care for Women with Disabilities. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Women with disabilities constitute about 21% of the American population, and this percentage is increasing as the population grows. Health disparities among American women with disabilities have been largely ignored within the field of public health. These disparities lead to inadequate quality healthcare services provided to women with disabilities and consequently result in secondary complications and poor quality of health and life. In the last decade, the health disparities among women with disabilities and barriers to quality health care began to gain recognition and became one of the most prominent concerns in public health, as reflected by the federal initiatives, publications, and advocacy efforts. Objective: The aim of this study is to identify the barriers to quality health care provided to women with disabilities, to recognize federal initiatives and to advocate for initiatives to improve healthcare services provided to this population. In addition, the aim is to review the recommendations made by researchers and different federal and private agencies to eliminate the barriers and to improve the quality of health care provided to this population. Method: This review utilized data from the following sources that addressed women’s health: United Nations website, U.S. federal and public health agencies, selected articles, and advocates for women with disabilities. Results: Although Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) have protected the rights of disabled women to attain the health care that they need, the results reflected apparent health disparities between women with and without disabilities. Studies showed that disabled women are less likely to obtain the proper medical care due to access, financial and structural barriers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reinforced the preceding laws but it did not provide a complete mechanism to solve these issues and eliminate barriers nor to monitor and enforce states implementation of these laws. The unresolved barriers to quality health care for disabled women are placing them at higher risk of secondary complications due to a lack of proper preventative and medical care, which leads to poor quality of health and life. Conclusion: Federal agencies and advocate groups should collaborate to eliminate the barriers for providing quality healthcare for women with disabilities and to raise the awareness of the healthcare providers and the public about the barriers in order to improve the health of disabled women specifically, and the public health generally.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Attiyah, Hanadi
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLongest, Beaufortlongest@pitt.eduLONGESTUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 16:24
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 10:56


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