Screened Out: Women with Disabilities and Preventive Health

K Johnson, R Strong, L Hillier, M Pitts

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This paper explores the lived experience of women with disabilities in relation to preventative health. It is based on qualitative research in Australia involving 25 individual interviews and 4 focus groups with women with disabilities about their experience of cervical screening (Pap tests), 16 interviews and 2 focus groups with service providers and advocacy organizations and an audit of 4 Pap Test Services by a researcher with a disability. The research identified three kinds of barrier that prevented some women from accessing cervical screening: societal barriers, individual living circumstances, and the way the women and those around them constituted their subjectivity. This paper outlines briefly the key findings from the study, focussing particularly on barriers relating to subjectivity.
Translated title of the contributionScreened Out: Women with Disabilities and Preventive Health
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150 - 160
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume8 (2&3)
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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Publisher: Routledge


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