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Health Care Accessibility of Lebanese Working-Age Adults with Musculoskeletal Disability

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dc.contributor.author Jaber, Amani
dc.contributor.author Chalah, Moussa A.
dc.contributor.author Raad, Kareem
dc.contributor.author El Bejjani, Lina
dc.contributor.author Jebai, Ibrahim
dc.contributor.author Shahine, Hanna
dc.contributor.author Haidar, Mona
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-12T10:54:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-12T10:54:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2454-1362 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4919
dc.description.abstract Background. The diversity of the Lebanese society increased after the 1975-1990 civil war, the grapes of Wrath conflict and July 2006 war. Musculoskeletal disabilities affect up to 10% of this population. This category is more vulnerable in terms of health status, and hence requires more health care. Objective. To our knowledge, the health care accessibility of Lebanese young adults with physical disabilities has not been yet explored. This constituted the main objective of the current work. Methods. 78 working-age adults with physical disabilities were enrolled. Each filled questionnaires regarding health care monitoring, health accessibility, and social inclusion. Demographic data were also collected. Results. Around half of our sample did not graduate from high school, and 81% of them was either unemployed or earned less than 200$. 40% of participants reported having difficulty in getting medical care in the past year. This was in relation to the proximity of the physician’s office, the accessibility of health care institutions and services, the level of the received medical knowledge, and the affordability of health care fees. Their health status subsequently reflected the accessibility issue. Pain scores were significantly positively correlated with physical disability scores. Conclusion. Our data emphasize the difficulties faced by the Lebanese working-age adults with musculoskeletal disabilities in terms of accessibility to public places in general, and health care in particular. Our data can be subsequently translated into empowering interventions in public and private sectors to maximize the social inclusion of this population in various domains. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Health Care Accessibility of Lebanese Working-Age Adults with Musculoskeletal Disability en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOM en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201001807 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) en_US
dc.journal.volume 2 en_US
dc.journal.issue 9 en_US
dc.article.pages 1632-1637 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Chalah, M. A., Raad, K., El Bejjani, L., Jaber, A., Jebai, I., Shahine, H., & Haidar, M. H. (2016). Health Care Accessibility of Lebanese Working-Age Adults with Musculoskeletal Disability. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 2(9). en_US
dc.author.email amani.jaber@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://imperialjournals.com/index.php/IJIR/article/view/2145/2065 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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