Training is an important approach to improving health care interactions between clinicians and patients with disabilities. The following tools are available for use by health educators, as well as clinicians and women with disabilities, to improve health care interactions.
Access to Medical Care
Access to Medical Care is a 2-part video series (under 25 minutes each) with accompanying text, case-interviews, and reference materials appropriate for helping student and professional clinicians achieve accessible, appropriate care. The DVDs address key concepts that are important to understand before interacting with people with physical and developmental disabilities, including barriers to care, accommodations, and effective communication and examination techniques.
Audience: Medical providers and students, as well as families and individuals with disabilities
To learn more, visit http://wid.org/access-to-health-care/health-access-and-long-term-services/access-to-medical-care-adults-with-physical-disabilities.
Women Be Healthy
For training women with disabilities, Women Be Healthy is an 11-week, 22-hour educational curriculum for use by health educators and advocates. The curriculum teaches women with intellectual disabilities about breast and cervical cancer, recommended screenings, and techniques for coping with procedures and assertiveness in medical situations. The goal is to increase access to and receipt of recommended screenings. Women who participated showed significant improvements in health knowledge, behaviors, beliefs and coping strategies. The website also includes links to a series of YouTube videos developed for women with disabilities.
Audience: Health educators, disability advocates and women with disabilities
To learn more, visit http://lurie.brandeis.edu/women/index.html.
Click on the links below to access the YouTube videos:
Reproductive Health Care for Women with Disabilities
This free slide presentation is an interactive narrated tutorial with six modules. CME credits are offered for each module, with tests included. Each module (10-15 minutes) addresses key concepts that are important to understand before interacting with women with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities, including barriers to care, accommodations, and effective communication and examination techniques.
Audience: Health care providers and students serving women with disabilities
To learn more, visit http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Women-with-Disabilities/Interactive-site-for-clinicians-serving-women-with-disabilities
Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities
This educational unit on oral health care is available for free. After completion of the two one-hour modules, providers receive two hours of CE credits, test included. The modules address key concepts that are important to understand before interacting with people with developmental disabilities, including health challenges, oral health problems and strategies for care.
Audience: Health care providers and students providing oral health care to people with developmental disabilities
To learn more, visit http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/DevelopmentalDisabilities/ContinuingEducation.htm
Graduate level courses in disability and health are a national goal in Healthy People 2020 objective DH-3.
To learn more, visit http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/objectiveslist.aspx?topicId=9.
Disability Competencies for Professionals
- Educating health care professionals to care for patients with disabilities. By Kirschner KL, Curry RH. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19773571
- Training physicians about caring for persons with disabilities: "Nothing about us without us!" By Iezzoni LI, Long-Bellil LM. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22726853
- A curriculum to teach medical students to care for people with disabilities: development and initial implementation. By Symons AB, McGuigan D, Akl EA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20042110
- Virtual patient instruction for dental students: can it improve dental care access for persons with special needs? By Sanders C, Kleinert HL, Boyd SE, Herren C, Theiss L, Mink J. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18782198
- Teaching medical students about disability in family medicine. By Graham CL, Brown RS, Zhen H, McDermott S. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19724936
- Virtual patient training to improve reproductive health care for women with intellectual disabilities. By Boyd SE, Sanders CL, Kleinert HL, Huff MB, Lock S, Johnson S, Clevenger K, Bush NA, Van Dyke E, Clark TL. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18761299