Disability, Chronic Condition, and Iatrogenic Illness

Andrew I. Batavia, Mitchell Batavia

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People with disabilities and chronic conditions are disadvantaged by the US health care system. Some people receive too few of the services they need; others receive too many services from practitioners who do not understand their disability-related needs and thus subject them to iatrogenic illnesses (health problems arising from the health care process). We explore this deprivation and excess and focus on 3 categories of iatrogenic illness that can harm this patient population and impede their ability to live independently. Empirical studies of iatrogenic illness in people with disabilities and chronic illnesses are needed. Physiatrists must play a central role in conducting such studies and in helping these persons access needed care while avoiding potential health problems associated with such care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-171
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


  • Chronic illness
  • Disabled persons
  • Iatrogenic disease
  • Patient compliance
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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