Korean J Fam Pract.  2021 Apr;11(2):151-154. 10.21215/kjfp.2021.11.2.151.

Disabled People’s Experience and Perception on the Pilot Project for Primary Care for People with Disabilities

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine and Supportive Care Center, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
  • 3Department of Nursing, Far East University, Eumseong, Korea
  • 4Department of Social and Preventive Medicine & Health Services Research Center, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea
  • 5Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Sejong, Cheongju, Korea
  • 6Department of Medicine, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea
  • 7Department of Preventive Medicine, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea
  • 8Graduate School of Health Science Business Convergence, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea

Abstract

Background
Compared with the general population, people with disabilities have a higher rate of morbidity and mortality; however, their access to health and medical care remains limited. In May 2018, a pilot project of primary care for people with disabilities was implemented.
Methods
We conducted qualitative research by interviewing people with disabilities; 101 persons with disabilities were surveyed so as to quantitatively gauge their satisfaction and to examine their experiences and perceptions of the pilot project.
Results
Persons with disabilities were largely aware of medical accessibility problems caused by difficulties in moving, access to facilities, and access to equipment. Satisfaction with home visitation care and nurse visitations was very high. The participants had various unmet needs – such as the need for physical therapy or drug delivery services.
Conclusion
This study identified problems faced by people with disabilities and suggests that more effective and realistic solutions are needed to meet their needs before implementing the original project.

Keyword

Disabled Persons; Primary Health Care; Interview; Surveys and Questionnaires
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