The accessibility of health services to young deaf adolescents in Ghana

Ebenezer Alfa Senayah, Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Anthony Kweku Edusei, Eric Lawer Torgbenu

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Quality health care is a fundamental human right, which is enshrined in several international and domestic legislative instruments. In the Ghanaian context, there are reports that adults with disabilities encounter barriers in their attempts to access health care. However, scholarly attention is yet to explore the perspectives of young people and adolescents with disabilities. Therefore, this quantitative study was conducted from the perspective of critical disability studies, where young deaf adolescents (YDAs) were regarded as right bearers, and where they shared their perspectives on health accessibility decisions, barriers, and needs. Sixty-seven participants, made up of 44 male and 23 female students, took part in this quantitative study. Although many YDAs who took part in this study indicated that it was not difficult to access health facilities, they claim to have encountered communication barriers. Sign language interpreters in health facilities and introduction of sign language courses in health training institutions to improve communication between health professionals and deaf patients have been suggested as ways of addressing the barriers faced by YDAs in Ghana.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e634-e645
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • accessibility
  • barriers
  • deaf persons
  • Ghana
  • health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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