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Global Health
September 19, 2017

Lack of Improvement in Health Care for Afghans With Disabilities

JAMA. 2017;318(11):995. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13608

In Afghanistan, people with disabilities, particularly those in remote areas, have not seen improvement in health care availability or coverage, despite investments made in health care by the international community over the last decade, report researchers in a Lancet Global Health study.

The investigators from the United States and the United Kingdom used data from 2 representative household surveys conducted in 2005 and 2013 across 13 provinces in Afghanistan. The surveys, which included 334 people in 2005 and 961 people in 2013, asked questions about activity limitations and functional difficulties, socioeconomic factors, perceived availability of health care, and experience with coverage of health care needs.

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