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Book and Media Reviews
February 21, 2007

More Than Ramps: A Guide to Improving Health Care Quality and Access for People With Disabilities

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(7):748-752. doi:10.1001/jama.297.7.751

Disparities in health care for persons with disabilities are generally unrecognized. Multiple perspectives on these disparities make More Than Ramps a valuable resource and, to my knowledge, the first book of its kind. Authors Iezzoni and O’Day are established researchers in health care and disability, and both are individuals with disabilities. The authors state that the two purposes of this book are to describe the experiences of adult Americans with disabilities as they seek primary health care services and to suggest ways to overcome or circumvent barriers to high-quality care. The primary focus is on describing health care delivery and clinician-patient communication. The book does not offer advice on treatment of specific conditions.