A National Survey of Accessibility of Medical Instrumentation

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of the RESNA 2004 International Conference

Medical Subject Headings

Needs Assessment; Self-Help Devices; Disabled Persons; Durable Medical Equipment; Delivery of Health Care; Surveys and Questionnaires


The RERC on Accessible Medical Instrumentation evaluates and develops methods and technologies to increase accessibility and usability of diagnostic, therapeutic, and procedural healthcare equipment, and associated assistive technologies, for people with disabilities. This paper outlines the methods employed in creating the national survey designed to assess difficulties people with disabilities have experienced as patients using medical instrumentation for healthcare, describes strategies employed to recruit a diverse national sample, and presents preliminary results from the survey.


Paper presented at the International Annual Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA), June 18-22, 2004, in Orlando, FL.