Self-identified intervention priorities amongst women with road accident-acquired physical disabilities in South Africa

African Journal of Disability

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Title Self-identified intervention priorities amongst women with road accident-acquired physical disabilities in South Africa
Creator Hartmann, Laura Hamilton, Alison van der Merwe, Amelia du Toit, Stefani Xakayi, Wendy Hunt, Xanthe
Subject Rehabilitation; sexual health; reproductive health acquired disability; intervention; lived experience; rehabilitation; sexual and reproductive health; women’s health
Description Background: Acquiring a physical disability in adulthood necessitates a range of adjustments, with past research suggesting that some challenges encountered are unique to women. Moreover, several factors may complicate adjustment to an altered embodiment and difficulties in functioning after an accident, including insufficient rehabilitation and support services and problematic societal attitudes towards disability. In addition, women with disabilities are often excluded from health and social policy and programme development, an oversight that can result in support gaps.Objectives: This article presents the self-identified priority interventions of women with road accident-acquired physical disabilities in South Africa.Methods: We conducted interviews with 18 women with road accident-acquired physical disabilities. The participants were recruited via snowball sampling. Interviews were conducted by experienced interviewers, who were home language speakers of the participants’ preferred language of communication. The interview recordings were transcribed, translated, and coded by trained, independent researchers.Results: Study participants identified three key areas of intervention requiring consideration in supportive intervention planning: the acute post-injury environment and healthcare infrastructure, transitional services and social inclusion interventions. These were identified as overlooked areas in which they required support to successfully adapt to limitations in functioning.Conclusion: To develop inclusive, accessible, and practical policy and programming for people with disabilities, exercises like those outlined in this research – eliciting intervention ideas from lived experience – should be conducted as they highlight actionable priorities for programming.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor This research was supported in part by the Fogarty International Center (5D43TW007278-14).
Date 2022-02-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Cross-sectional qualitative interview study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v11i0.867
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 11 (2022); 9 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Western Cape; Khayelitsha 2019-2020 Women with acquired physical disabilities; 18+; residing in Khayelitsha
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Laura Hartmann, Alison Hamilton, Amelia van der Merwe, Stefani du Toit, Wendy Xakayi, Xanthe Hunt