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Accessibilities for disabled persons in primary care units in Wroclaw
 
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Uniwersytet Medyczny im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu
 
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2018;24(3):201–204
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Objectives:
A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to perform certain activities and interact with their surroundings. In Poland, people with disabilities copnstitute 12.2% of the total population of the country. In Wroclaw, there are more than 85,000 disabled people. Very often, they are unable to access public healthcare facilities because of the lack of parking areas, automatic entrances, elevators adopted to wheelchairs, accessible corridors with clear floors and turning space inside.

Objective:
The study aims to compare functional access to primary care units in Wroclaw for persons with impairments.

Material and methods:
143 primary care units in Wroclaw were evaluated for their accessibility for disabled persons, especially wheelchair users and people with limited walking abilities. The evaluation included ramps, restrooms, wheelchairs, corridors, elevators and automatic doors.

Results:
All the evaluated facilities had ramps. Restroom for the disabled were present in 94% of cases. Wheelchairs were available in 72% of primary care units. Corridors and elevators were adapted for physically impaired persons in 95% and 46% of the evaluated units, respectively. Automatic doors were present in only 15% of evaluated places. 41% of primary care units had 5 or more of evaluated accessibilities.

Conclusions:
Architectural design and presence of accessibilities for disabled people differed in most of primary care units in Wroclaw. People with impairments are still facing a number of problems with access to health care facilities.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Amelia Ewelina Głowaczewska   
Uniwersytet Medyczny im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu, Dawida 8/16, 50-527 Wrocław, Polska
 
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