ERIC Number: ED336892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Disability in America: Toward a National Agenda for Prevention.
Pope, Andrew M., Ed.; Tarlov, Alvin R., Ed.
This report focuses on preventing potentially disabling conditions from developing into disabilities and on minimizing the effects of such conditions on a person's productivity and quality of life. It describes disability as a social and public health issue and not just a physical condition. The report begins with an executive summary, an introduction which discusses prevention issues in general and defines concepts, and a list of 27 recommendations. Subsequent chapters discuss: (1) the magnitude and dimensions of disability in the United States; (2) a conceptual approach to disability prevention and use of the tools and principles of epidemiology; (3) major areas of disability (developmental disabilities, injury-related disabilities, chronic diseases and aging, and secondary conditions associated with primary disabling conditions); (4) government and private sector programs concerned with disability prevention; and (5) conclusions and recommendations in the areas of a national program for the prevention of disability, surveillance, research, access to care and preventive services, and professional and public education. Appendixes contain a paper by Saad Z. Nagi titled "Disability Concepts Revisited: Implications for Prevention"; a statement of one committee member dissenting from this majority report of the Committee on a National Agenda for the Prevention of Disabilities; a response to the dissenting statement by committee members; and committee biographies. (Approximately 375 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Aging (Individuals), Chronic Illness, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities, Epidemiology, Federal Programs, Incidence, Injuries, Models, Multiple Disabilities, National Programs, Prevention, Private Agencies, Public Health, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Research Needs
National Academy Press, 2201 Consitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC ($29.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC. Div. of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Note: Prepared by the Committee on a National Agenda for Prevention of Disabilities. For the Summary and Recommendations published separately, see EC 300 625.