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September 6, 2000

An Educational Intervention to Teach Medical Students About Examining Disabled Patients

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(9):1080-1081. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1079

To The Editor: With an aging population and the trend toward mainstreaming care for persons with disabilities, physicians in all specialties are encountering greater numbers of patients with physical disabilities.1,2Nonetheless, persons with disabilities often have difficulty finding physicians who are knowledgeable about their health care needs.2,3 Lack of familiarity with proper positioning techniques can lead to an inadequate physical examination, as well as uncomfortable and unsafe experiences for patients. Furthermore, physicians who lack these skills often feel overwhelmed in their interactions with disabled patients.4,5

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