Special Issue "Disability and Healthcare Disparities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Disabilities".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: disability; access to health; health disparities; intersectionality
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The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enshrines the right to health for all persons with disabilities. All people have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of disability and to have access to high-quality services that can help to prevent illness, maintain or restore health, and rehabilitate function.
Often, however, persons with disabilities face health disparities both in terms of access to services and in terms of health outcomes. Disparities in accessing healthcare services refer to compromised access to healthcare linked to service availability, affordability, relevance, physical accessibility, acceptability or other factors, and intertwine with health policy and service delivery, reflecting broader issues of disability inclusion. Persons with disabilities often report problems accessing services, whether these are specialised services linked to their impairment, or services unrelated to it, such as, for example, vaccinations, maternal care, sexual health, preventive care or cancer services.
Disparities in health outcomes refer to worse health indicators for people with disabilities. Such disparities may reflect existing structural issues associated with disability (for example, higher rates of poverty), which may contribute to healthcare disparities between persons with and without disabilities.
In this Special Issue, we invite contributions which will explore any aspect of health disparities for persons with disabilities, including interventions that can reduce such disparities. This Special Issue is open to all research designs (including systematic reviews), levels of healthcare, and all contexts. We welcome contributions from around the world, and we particularly encourage contributions from or about low- and middle-income countries and about under-represented populations.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Dr. Dikaios Sakellariou
Dr. Hisayo Katsui
Manuscript Submission Information
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- health disparities
- health services
- social determinants of health
- convention on the rights of persons with disabilities