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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Nassim JS, Watson AJ, Tan JK. Achieving Equitable Care for People With Disabilities: Considerations for the Dermatologist. JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 07, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.3955
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