Study finds doctors harbor negative views of individuals with disabilities

A study recently published by the Health Affairs Journal found that more than sixty-one million Americans have disabilities, and increasing evidence shows that they experience health care disparities – with one major cause involving physicians’ perceptions of people with disabilities.

“In our survey of 714 practicing US physicians nationwide, 82.4 percent reported that people with significant disability have worse quality of life than nondisabled people,” the study said. “Only 40.7 percent of physicians were very confident about their ability to provide the same quality of care to patients with disability, just 56.5 percent strongly agreed that they welcomed patients with disability into their practices, and 18.1 percent strongly agreed that the health care system often treats these patients unfairly.”