Research & Policy Briefs

Research Briefs 

Cerebral Palsy: Why Patients Experience More Medical Conditions, Greater Health Care Usage and Higher Costs

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a lifelong neurological condition present at birth and is often associated with challenges in physical movement. Restrictions in daily activities and communication caused by CP can lead to increased risk for health complications. This is why children with CP are more likely to experience health problems.

Read the brief "Cerebral Palsy: Why Patients Experience More Medical Conditions, Greater Health Care Usage and Higher Costs."

 

Can Shared Automated Vehicles Open New Transportation Options for People with Disabilities?

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Shared Automated Vehicles (SAVs) could serve as safe and independent transportation option for older adults and people with disabilities. Inclusive SAV design can promote improved safety, participation in social activities, and quality of life. Unfortunately, early SAV deployments in the US have tended not to be designed with people with disabilities in mind.

Read the brief "Can Shared Automated Vehicles Open New Transportation Options for People with Disabilities?"

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Briefs Developed in collaboration with The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT)

Social isolation and loneliness are serious health concerns for adults with disabilities. COVID-19 has magnified the problem.

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Social distancing guidelines have increased social isolation and loneliness for many adults with disabilities, as their caregivers and family members have been unable to visit.  Learn how some states are fighting back against loneliness in adults with disabilities. 

Read the brief "Social isolation and loneliness are serious health concerns for adults with disabilities. COVID-19 has magnified the problem."

 

COVID-19 adds stress for family caregivers – why that matters.

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Nearly 40% of all family caregivers find their caregiving situation to be emotionally stressful. When caregivers feel they have no choice in assuming their caregiving duties, this increases to 53%. Left unaddressed, caregiver stress can worsen physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as social and financial well-being. 

Read the brief "COVID-19 adds stress for family caregivers – why that matters."

 

Family caregiver support: state and federal policy and programmatic solutions.

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More than 13% of Americans, provide unpaid care to family members or friends. These care providers administer medical care, run errands, provide transportation, manage finances, among other activities. Despite their significant contributions, family caregivers are often undervalued and under or unsupported within the nation’s long-term care system.

Read the brief "Family caregiver support: state and federal policy and programmatic solutions."