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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163789
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Overview: Health-Related Issues Of Women With Disabilities
Author(s):
Smeltzer, Suzanne
Author Details:
Suzanne Smeltzer, Villanova University, College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: suzanne.smeltzer@villanova.edu
Abstract:
There is ample evidence that preventive health care services are underutilized by persons with physical disabilities. While changes in facilities and equipment mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act may make it easier for women with physical disabilities to access preventive health care, attitudes and beliefs on the part of health care providers and their lack of knowledge about the health issues and concerns of women with disabilities may create even greater barriers to health care than the absence of ramps and grab bars. Women with a variety of disabilities have reported confrontations with primary care providers and dehumanizing experiences because of their disabilities. Such confrontations and negative experiences can result in women's reluctance to seek appropriate health maintenance or disease prevention services despite their best intentions. Several recent studies have demonstrated that women with physical disabilities encounter numerous barriers to quality health care services, including inaccessible equipment and facilities, and lack of knowledge about disability and insensitivity on the part of health care providers. Studies have also demonstrated that disabled women are perceived as asexual and, as a result, women's health and reproductive issues are often neglected. In addition, older women with disabilities often have gone for decades without appropriate health care including gynecologic exams, Pap smears and mammography. In an effort to gain insight into these issues and to develop strategies to improve the health care of this vulnerable group, faculty in the Villanova University College of Nursing received funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. The studies that will be presented in this symposium were conducted by faculty who are working together on the Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project that has been funded for three years. The studies focus on health-related issues that are experienced by women with disabilities and have been encountered during project-related activities and events.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOverview: Health-Related Issues Of Women With Disabilitiesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSmeltzer, Suzanneen_US
dc.author.detailsSuzanne Smeltzer, Villanova University, College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: suzanne.smeltzer@villanova.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163789-
dc.description.abstractThere is ample evidence that preventive health care services are underutilized by persons with physical disabilities. While changes in facilities and equipment mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act may make it easier for women with physical disabilities to access preventive health care, attitudes and beliefs on the part of health care providers and their lack of knowledge about the health issues and concerns of women with disabilities may create even greater barriers to health care than the absence of ramps and grab bars. Women with a variety of disabilities have reported confrontations with primary care providers and dehumanizing experiences because of their disabilities. Such confrontations and negative experiences can result in women's reluctance to seek appropriate health maintenance or disease prevention services despite their best intentions. Several recent studies have demonstrated that women with physical disabilities encounter numerous barriers to quality health care services, including inaccessible equipment and facilities, and lack of knowledge about disability and insensitivity on the part of health care providers. Studies have also demonstrated that disabled women are perceived as asexual and, as a result, women's health and reproductive issues are often neglected. In addition, older women with disabilities often have gone for decades without appropriate health care including gynecologic exams, Pap smears and mammography. In an effort to gain insight into these issues and to develop strategies to improve the health care of this vulnerable group, faculty in the Villanova University College of Nursing received funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. The studies that will be presented in this symposium were conducted by faculty who are working together on the Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project that has been funded for three years. The studies focus on health-related issues that are experienced by women with disabilities and have been encountered during project-related activities and events.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:13:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:13:51Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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