Short Tilte:Enabling our instruments: Accommodation, universal design, and access to participation in research
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):00, 81, 12, S2, pS5-S9
Article discussing barriers to full participation of people with disabilities in research concerning health services and health outcomes. Barriers discussed include random digit dialing (RDD) methodologies that exclude people who screen calls or don't respond quickly to a ringing telephone, use of self-administered questionnaires that people with certain disabilities may find difficult, use of time measures that are not appropriate for persons with relapsing-remitting conditions or memory problems, and instruments such as the SF-36 that ask about the ability to walk when mobility is the real issue. Solutions are suggested for each of these barriers.