Accommodating Patients With Disabilities.

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Accommodating Patients With Disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in everyday activities including medical care. The ADA covers both public and private hospitals, medical offices, and clinics and patients and requires them to accomodate and provide equal care to any and all patients with a disability. As future physicians, it is important to familiarize ourselves with the proper etiquette and accommodations we will need to provide to our patients with disabilities.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Please briefly answer the following questions: -At this point in your education, do you feel you would be able to treat a patient with disabilities in an equal and courteous manner?   -What do you believe is lacking in your knowledge of disability etiquette and accommodation and are you interested in learning more about it? -Do you feel the average medical student/physician knows enough about accommodating patients with disabilities or do you believe this should be emphasized more in medical school curriculum?
  • 2. 
    A 47 year old woman who uses a wheelchair comes into your clinic for a routine physical exam.  It is difficult for her to get onto the physical exam table independently. What is the best way to examine this patient?
    • A. 

      Examine her while in the wheelchair.

    • B. 

      Lower the exam table to the level of the wheelchair and help her onto it.

    • C. 

      Place a mat on the floor and have her lay on it.

    • D. 

      Suggest the patient go to another, more accesible clinic.

  • 3. 
    It is okay to tell a patient you cannot treat him/her because you do not have accessible medical equipment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    While interviewing a patient with a speech disability, he asks you a question, but you are having trouble hearing him.  You ask him to repeat himself, but still do not understand. What is the best course of action?
    • A. 

      Say, "I'm not sure," and move on.

    • B. 

      Begin the physical exam.

    • C. 

      Apologize for not hearing and ask them to repeat the question until you understand it.

    • D. 

      Pretend you got paged and leave the room.

  • 5. 
    It is okay to ask a patient with a disability to bring someone to help them with the exam.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    At hospital, you are interviewing a person who is deaf via a sign language interpreter.  During the interview, you should:
    • A. 

      Speak directly to the interpreter.

    • B. 

      Speak directly to the patient.

    • C. 

      Skip the interview and go straight to the physical exam.

    • D. 

      Suggest the patient transfer to a more accessible hospital.

  • 7. 
    You are discussing a case with your colleague and are trying to describe the patient, who happens to have a relevant disability.  Which of the following is the best way to present the patient:
    • A. 

      A 13 year old boy with Down's syndrome.

    • B. 

      A mentally retarded 13 year old male.

    • C. 

      A developmentally delayed 13 year old boy.

    • D. 

      A teenage boy who is retarded.

  • 8. 
    I need to treat a patient with a disability even if it takes me longer to examine them and insurance will not reimburse me for the additional time?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    On a scale of 1-7, 1 being strongly agree and 7 being strongly disagree, please respond to the following questions: I am knowledgeable about the right of patients with disabilities.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 10. 
    I am knowledgeable about the needs of patients with disabilities.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 11. 
    I am knowledgeable about the treatment and care of patients with disabilities and special needs.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 12. 
    I have personal experience with the treatment and care of patients with disabilities.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 13. 
    How is a disability different than a disease?
    • A. 

      There not, both can be treated the same way.

    • B. 

      A disability is neither a illness nor an inability.

    • C. 

      Disabilities are always obvious and visible whereas disease can be hidden or insidious.

    • D. 

      You can lead a normal life with disease, but you are consistently held back by disability.

  • 14. 
    About 1 in every 5 Americans has a disability.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Physicians with serious disabilities are unable to practice?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    There are legal implications to refusing to treat a patient with disabilities?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    After having answered the previous questions, please reevaluate your knowledge of caring for patients with disabilities in the following questions. I am knowledgeable about the rights of patients with disabilities.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 18. 
    I am knowledgeable about the needs of patients with disabilities.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

  • 19. 
    I am knowledgeable about the treatment and care of patients with disabilities and special needs.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5

    • F. 

      6

    • G. 

      7

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