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Utilisation and Satisfaction with Health Services among Persons with Disabilities in Accra, Ghana

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Annang Yemoson Abraham,

Education of the Hearing Impaired, Special Education Division, Ghana Education Service, GH
About Annang Yemoson

Abraham is a Assistant Director for hearing impaired and the Unit Head of Education of the Hearing Impaired at the Special Education Division of the Ghana Education Service. He has over 15 years’ experience as a teacher.

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Peter Agyei-Baffour,

Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, GH
About Peter

Peter is a Senior Lecturer, Public Health Expert and Capacity Building Specialist with 15 years’ experience in diverse fields including teaching and consulting in health policy and systems research, disability and rehabilitation, and community development practice.

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Cosmos Yarfi

Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, GH
About Cosmos

He has over 10 years’ experience as a physiotherapist and two year’s experience as an assistant lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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Abstract

Purpose: Healthcare, one of mankind’s basic needs, is generally accessible to persons without disability, but people with disabilities are marginalized and stigmatized in developing countries and as such are unable to utilise the health services they require.  The health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) talk about good health and well-being, and about reducing inequality in societies. In South Africa and Ghana, constitutional provisions and policies have been made for inclusion and for reducing inequality among persons with disabilities, but implementation is still in its infancy. The aim of this study is to determine the level of utilisation and satisfaction with health services among persons with disabilities, and to recommend strategies to improve the current situation in the country.

Method: A non-interventional, descriptive cross-sectional study was employed, with a quantitative data collection method. A structured questionnaire comprising of both open- and closed-ended questions was used for the data collection. A total of 363 respondents were involved in the study – 360 were persons with disabilities, and 3 were key informants.

Results: While A total of 66.9% of persons with disabilities reported being warmly received by health professionals, 23.1% reported encountering a cold attitude, and 5.6% reported being scorned at health facilities. Only 20.5% of persons with disabilities reported frequent visits to health facilities, 42.8% did not visit health facilities frequently, and 36.4% rarely visited a health facility. Moreover 76.4% reported that they made hospital visits for all their ailments.

Conclusion: Although health facilities were utilised by few persons with disabilities, the majority of respondents reported that they were well-received there and as such would visit health facilities for all their medical needs.

Implications: Persons with disabilities should be included in all areas of society by spreading awareness about their abilities. Partnerships between persons with disabilities and the government and other non-governmental  organization’s should be established, to mainstream health services to meet their general and specific needs. It is increasingly important that persons with disabilities play an active role in managing their healthcare needs.

How to Cite: Abraham, A.Y., Agyei-Baffour, P. and Yarfi, C., 2018. Utilisation and Satisfaction with Health Services among Persons with Disabilities in Accra, Ghana. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 29(1), pp.47–59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v29i1.685
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Published on 17 Jul 2018.

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