Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications


Commentary: defining disability in health care education

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research; Commonwealth Medicine

Publication Date


Document Type



Activities of Daily Living; *Disabled Persons; *Education, Medical; Healthcare Disparities; Humans; United States


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health


According to the 2008 American Community Survey, about 12% of the population of the United States is living with one or more disabling conditions. These conditions impact lives in a variety of ways, some with more or less direct impact on an individual's health and access to health care services. Although it has been 20 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities still experience health disparities and a lack of access to the appropriate care. This commentary is part of a collection of articles that describe various aspects of incorporating content into the medical school curriculum to enhance the preparation of today's medical students to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The authors briefly describe the scope of the problem and define the population of people with disabilities that constitutes the focus of the work described in the other articles in this collection.

DOI of Published Version



Acad Med. 2011 Sep;86(9):1066-8. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed