Many physical and mental barriers reduce disabled women’s access to female cancer prevention. Nevertheless, institutions for disabled people may implement specific preventive care programs to reduce these barriers. We question whether institutions provide better access to women’s cancer prevention by comparing the access to breast and cervical cancer screening for French disabled women living in institutions to those living at home. Since disabled women living in institutions have more complex limitations, we use a matching method to correct specific characteristics of residents that may impact preventive care use by selecting comparable persons living at home. We also study disparities in access to preventive care depending on institution types (medicalized or not).
After taking into account the differences in individual characteristics, disabled women living in institutions had a significantly higher probability of being screened than disabled women living at home…
See also Questions d'économie de la santé n° 256 in French: Les femmes en situation de handicap vivant en institution ont-elles un meilleur accès au dépistage des cancers féminins ?