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Ups and Downs of Improving Physical Examination Access for Patients and Physicians

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc
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From Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Disclaimer: Dr. Iezzoni is the chair of the Medical Diagnostic Equipment Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee, which is providing advice to the U.S. Access Board. This editorial represents Dr. Iezzoni's views and not those of the Committee or the Access Board.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-0165.

Requests for Single Reprints: Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Director, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street, Room 901B, Boston, MA 02114; e-mail, liezzoni@partners.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(6):491-492. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-6-201303190-00010
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In this issue, Lagu and colleagues found many physical access barriers in subspecialty practices for patients with mobility impairment. The editorialist discusses the study, as well as the findings in the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and suggests the use of adjustable-height examination tables, which can improve physical comfort, safety, and access.

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