Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities in People with Disabilities
A study in the October 3, 2008 edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights findings on the health of people with disabilities. The study shows that among adults with a disability, Black, Hispanic and Native Americans report fair or poor health at higher rates compared with White and Asian Americans.
Overall, adults with a disability were less likely to self-report excellent or very good health (27.3% vs. 60.3%), and more likely to report being in fair or poor health (40.1% vs. 9.8%), when compared with their counterparts without disability.
The study used data from the 2004-2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the largest telephone survey conducted annually by each state and territory's health departments. Approximately 300,000 individuals participate in the survey each year. To access the full report online, go to www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5739a1.htm.