Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences and Coping Strategies of Individuals with Disabilities at Some Selected Healthcare Facilities in the Bosomtwe District of Ghana

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Enoch Acheampong https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6306-4920
Anthony Kwaku Edusei
Peter Agyei-Baffuor
Reindolf Anokye
Godfred Atta-Osei

Keywords

disability, healthcare, access to healthcare, Bosomtwe District of Ghana

Abstract

Discrimination in healthcare may exclude or deter individuals with disabilities from seeking health services for fear of stigma and discrimination. The study explored the experiences of individuals with disabilities at healthcare facilities in the Bosomtwe District of Ghana. A case study design with qualitative approach was adopted in which data was collected from 30 individuals with disabilities through face-to-face interview and focus group discussion. Participants were selected through purposive sampling technique. Data were audio and video-taped recorded and transcribed and categorized into themes which have been presented as main findings and supported by relevant quotations. The experiences found included communication difficulties between individuals with disabilities and healthcare providers, long hours of waiting at the hospital, neglect and nepotism, abuse and insults by healthcare providers, and absence of prescribed medicines. Total attainment of the Agenda 2030 will be an illusion in the Bosomtwe District of Ghana if the situation is not improved.


 

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