Research Project on the ADA and Health Care Access

The Northwest ADA Center is conducting research on health care access for people with disabilities within the northwest region (WA, OR, ID, AK) that aims to address the following questions:

  • What are the facilitators and barriers to accessing health care for people with disabilities?

  • What are the best practices and policies that result in reduced barriers to health care for people with disabilities?

The research project involves three stages that take place between 2016 and 2020.

The Three Stages of the Project


Study Title Purpose Year

Health Care Access for Persons
with disabilities-
Evidence Synthesis

Find and synthesize
existing evidence on ADA-
related health care access



2 Demand-side of Health Care
Access-Mixed Method Study
Understand barriers and
facilitators to accessing
health care through
conducting a survey and
focus groups with people
with disabilities in the
Northwest region.



Supply-side of Health Care
Access-Delphi Study

Identify and prioritize
solutions to reduce
barriers to health care.


A Scoping Review on Healthcare Access for Individuals with Disabilities

Healthcare access and the Americans with Disabilities Act: A mixed methods study (Disability and Health Journal, January 2021, Volume 14, Issue 1)



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