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Fam Community Health. 2006 Jan-Mar;29(1 Suppl):35S-43S.

Preventive health screening for breast and cervical cancer and osteoporosis in women with physical disabilities.

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  • 1Villanova University College of Nursing, PA 18085, USA. suzanne.smeltzer@villanova.edu

Abstract

Although the Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted 15 years ago in an effort to improve access of people with disabilities to a broad range of services, women with physical disabilities continue to receive less preventive health screening than women without disabilities and less than is recommended. Furthermore, women with more severe disabilities undergo less screening than those with mild or moderate severity of disability. This article reviews findings of studies on health screening for breast and cervical cancer and osteoporosis in women with physical disabilities and identifies practice and research implications on the basis of those findings to improve the health status of women with physical disabilities.

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