disability, ADA, disability rights, primary care offices, structural accessibility, physical accessibility, equipment, accessibility, Syracuse University
Pacific ADA Center
This research was supported by Syracuse University; Dr. Nancy Mudrick, M.S.W., Ph.D.; Mary Lou Breslin, of the Disability Rights and Education Fund; and a grant from the Pacific ADA Center. I can be reached for questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this research is to assess the overall structural and equipment barriers encountered by persons with functional limitations when attempting to access medical care. Using data about the physical accessibility of 3991 primary care offices in California, offices were ranked on a scale of accessibility. Results overall show that primary care offices are meeting most, or between 63-87%, of federal accessibility guidelines. It appears that major problematic areas for accessibility are Exam Rooms and Toilet Rooms. Possibilities for this outcome include higher costs for equipment (as opposed to structural/architectural changes), difficulty accommodating interior room layouts, and the office’s perception of need.
Swager, LeeAnn C.; Mudrick, Nancy R.; and Breslin, Mary Lou, "An assessment of the structural & equipment accessibility of primary care offices" (2018). School of Social Work. 6.
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