Barriers and Strategies Review

The purpose of this study was to create a brief listing of common and important barriers to routine health care access for people with disabilities, as well as potential strategies to overcome these barriers. The listing was based on published reports.


We searched for peer-reviewed journal articles published between 1999 and 2007 and found 35 articles that met our criteria. 


Common barriers to health care access described in these articles included:

  • Issues with insurance coverage
  • Problems with health care provider knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Difficulty getting appointments
  • Physical access problems and lack of accommodations
  • Transportation problems

Further Reading About New Measure

Fact Sheet About the Project

Checklist for Clinicians (PDF - 287 KB)

Checklist for Advocates (PDF - 285 KB)

Primary Health Care Access for People with Disabilities: What's Working and Not Working Now? - Brief from the 2008 State of the Science Conference Proceedings