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Study Finds Many Doctors Have Negative Beliefs About Disability

While more than 62 million Americans have disabilities, the medical community appears to have widespread general ignorance, negative perception and even bias against those with disabilities, according to a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, reported more than 82% of American physicians said they believe patients with significant disabilities have a worse quality of life than those without disabilities.

Of those disabled patients, however, a majority (54%) self-reported having an “excellent or good quality of life.” Lead study author Dr.

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