Help Offered to Create a Care Center for Women with Disabilities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 27 million women in the United States have a disability. Too often, these women face overwhelming barriers to basic gynecological and preventative health care. Women with disabilities are far less likely to receive the recommended screening tests and regular preventive care due to inaccessible medical facilities and equipment.
Common barriers include:
- Inaccessible exams rooms (doors too narrow or space too small)
- Examining tables that are too high
- Mammogram equipment that requires patients to stand
Additionally, many gynecologists feel ill-prepared to address the complex needs faced by women with such disabilities as spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other conditions.
UPMC and Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh is seeking to change that. As a national model and one of the first in the nation – and currently one of only a handful of facilities nationwide – to offer specialized gynecological and breast care to women with disabilities, the Center for Women with Disabilities is now offering pro bono consulting services to:
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Community organizations
- Disability advocacy groups
Consultation services will be provided by Stephen Corey, MD, who is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and is a faculty clinician at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services. For more information call 412-641-4030 or go to http://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/magee/services/center-for-women-with-disabilities/Pages/start-center.aspx