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October 7, 2020

Achieving Equitable Care for People With Disabilities: Considerations for the Dermatologist

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 4Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.3955

Twenty-two percent of adults in the United States report living with a disability.1,2 Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, there have been crucial improvements in environmental and public service accessibility.3 However, because of persistent socioeconomic inequalities, this population continues to receive suboptimal health care.3 The aims of this Editorial are to raise awareness of the disparities that exist for people with disabilities (PWD), highlight special considerations in the dermatologic setting, and urge a call to action for dermatologists to strive to deliver equitable care to this population. To supplement this discussion, in the Table4-6 we present sample scenarios with proposed best practices.

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