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Family level drivers of access to healthcare among persons with disabilities in the Bosomtwe district of Ghana

Enoch Acheampong (Department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Alberta Nadutey (Department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Peter Bredu-Darkwa (Department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Peter Agyei-Baffuor (Department of Health Policy and Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Anthony Kwaku Edusei (Department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Article publication date: 15 December 2021

Issue publication date: 15 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The perceptions of disability conditions held by parents and immediate family members directly determine the types of treatments that are likely to opt for persons with disabilities whenever they are ill. Family level drivers of access to healthcare among persons with disabilities in the Bosomtwe district of Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative case study was conducted in which data were collected from 60 participants selected purposively. Face-to-face interviews were conducted, and the results were presented thematically.

Findings

The drivers identified have been categorized into positive and negative depending on how they influenced persons with disabilities’ access to health care. Payment of medical bills, physical access support, the narration of health condition to a health-care provider, spiritual support, care and love were the positives while perceived spiritual cause of disability, preference for alternative treatment centers, unwillingness to support reproductive and specialized health care.

Research limitations/implications

This study had some limitations, and one of such is the non-inclusion of disabled people who had not been registered by the department of social welfare but resided in the district who could have provided rich information to the study. However, their exclusion did not affect the quality of data obtained, as those who were registered and selected for the study gave adequate information about the issues that were considered during the study.

Originality/value

Family members of persons with disabilities play key roles in promoting their access to health care; therefore, there is the need for stakeholders to put in measures that will limit misconceptions about disability not only for the general public but also for individuals like parents and immediate family members of persons with disabilities.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the disability organisation and their family members in the Bosomtwe District of Ghana for their participation in the study. Data availability: The complete data can be accessed from the research repository of the Department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, KNUST.

Competing interest statement: The authors do not have any competing interests as far as this submission is concerned.

Citation

Acheampong, E., Nadutey, A., Bredu-Darkwa, P., Agyei-Baffuor, P. and Kwaku Edusei, A. (2023), "Family level drivers of access to healthcare among persons with disabilities in the Bosomtwe district of Ghana", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 80-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-01-2021-0019

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