Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Ms Woodard confirms that the issues
we raise pertain to other clinicians, including nurses. In both medicine and
nursing, physical stamina, endurance, and speed are critical in certain contexts,
and patient safety must always come first. However, after ensuring that a
practitioner has mental and physical competence, reasonable accommodations
and small adjustments can allow health care professionals with disabilities
to make meaningful contributions. In some settings, having a disability might
even enhance the clinician's ability to provide care. Thus, we thank Dr Nashleanas
for highlighting the contributions of physicians with hearing loss.
Steinberg A, Conill A, Stineman M, Iezzoni L. Health Professionals With Physical Disabilities—Reply. JAMA. 2003;289(12):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1507-a