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Four Workgroups, One Goal

Patients with disabilities experience disparities in the quality of the care they receive, often due to discriminatory attitudes, inaccessible healthcare facilities, and a lack of appropriate accommodations. The primary goal of the DEC is to alleviate these inequities.

We aim to empower and support healthcare organizations, practitioners, and policy makers in implementation of evidence-based, accessible care for their patients with disabilities, and to enact policies that ensure that patients with disabilities will receive equitable healthcare.

In 2020, we held a summit–a series of three virtual meetings–to understand and prioritize the top patient-centered outcomes research priorities for advancing equitable healthcare for people with disabilities. To achieve these aims, four workgroups were established:
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Read more about these workgroups below and let us know if you’re interested in participating!

Practice: DEC Leaders

A dynamic community focused on creating and implementing real-time solutions for equitable healthcare.


Researchers, advocates, policy makers, payers, and others are collaborating in the development, production and dissemination of research evidence.

of Disability Status

The Documentation workgroup seeks to develop standards for documentation of patients’ disability status in Electronic Health Records and then use of the information to inform accessible care.

Guidelines for Implementing Accessible Care

The Guidelines workgroup is developing actionable implementation guidelines for accessibility in the healthcare setting.

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