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March 26, 2003

Health Professionals With Physical Disabilities—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1507-a

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.

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