Study finds people with cognitive disabilities are less satisfied with health care

A study published by a Rutgers researcher found that people with cognitive disabilities, such as autism and memory loss, are less satisfied with their healthcare than the general population. Patients with cognitive disabilities reported worse experiences with healthcare encounters, particularly in terms of patient-provider communication. The study suggests the need for structural and policy changes, including incorporating disability competencies into medical education and enhanced reimbursement. Patients with disabilities should also be proactive and ask for accommodations. Future research should examine how experiences with healthcare differ across different cognitive disabilities and other identities. The study was published in the Disability and Health Journal and coauthored by researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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