Health and housing among low-income adults with physical disabilities

Pei-Shu Ho, Thilo Kroll, Matthew Kehn, Penny Anderson, Katherine M. Pearson

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    The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of living environment on the health and access to health care of low-income working-age adults with physical disabilities. We conducted focus groups of participants with physical disabilities in the District of Columbia living in each of three housing situations (a homeless shelter, a nursing home, and an inaccessible house or apartment). Twenty-eight people participated in the focus groups. Most were male (79%) and African American (93%). Participants from a homeless shelter expressed concerns about accessibility and sanitation at the shelter. Nursing home participants expressed a need for privacy and autonomy that would foster consumer-directed care. Participants living in inaccessible apartments or houses worried about their ability to maintain daily living and social activities. Participants perceived barrier-free housing conditions to be a prerequisite for independent living and for ensuring their basic health and well-being
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)902-915
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Qualitative Research
    • Humans
    • Health Status
    • Activities of Daily Living
    • African Americans
    • Needs Assessment
    • Public Housing
    • Health Services Accessibility
    • Focus Groups
    • District of Columbia
    • Poverty
    • Adult
    • Privacy
    • Architectural Accessibility
    • Middle Aged
    • Personal Autonomy
    • Disabled Persons
    • Homeless Persons
    • Nursing Homes
    • Male
    • Female
    • Healthcare Disparities


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