US study highlights the challenges of being homeless and having a disability

A new publication examines the challenges that homeless adults with disabilities face in terms of health care access when they are living on the streets or in temporary shelters. Findings are based on in-depth structured interviews with 83 adults with various disabilities in Washington, DC. Particular challenges exist with regard to continuity of care and care coordination. Study findings date a few years back to the time before the global economic crisis. At the time of the study Washington DC was struggling to maintain its public services, including coverage under Medicaid for its residents. One can only wonder to what extent the economic hardship endured since may have exacerbated the situation since. There has been a substantial rise in homelessness in the past five years in major American cities. The Guardian Newspaper has recently reported on this issue. Read the newspaper article here. The short research article on the DC study can be found here.Image

New publication highlights lack of accessible fitness centres for people with disabilities in the East of Scotland

Physical activity to promote long-term health and well-being is a global public health aim for all, including people with disabilities. Physical activity can help prevent the onset of lifestyle conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes as well as secondary complications associated with disabling conditions, such as pressure sores, muscle weakness and depression. However there is growing evidence that people with disabilities participate in lower physical activity levels than the general population. The short paper by Gross, Kroll and Morris examines the extent to which community physical environmental barriers exist in exercise facilities in a large geographical area in North East Scotland. Read more about the study findings hereImage.

Bringing rehabilitation outcome measurement in line with what matters to people after stroke: Watch our Webinar

Yesterday, Dr Helen Moore, SDHI presented a webinar with study findings that highlight what matters to people after stroke. Current outcome measures in rehabilitation practice are not well matched to what matters to patients as they participate in community rehabilitation. Their lack of accessibility precludes in many cases assessments from the patient perspective. If you missed the Webinar, here is a chance to listen to the Webinar again and to look at the slides. The research team would be very interested in hearing your views, experiences, thoughts etc. Please contact the PI for the study, Dr Thilo Kroll at t.kroll @


Have a great summer

SDHI wishes you a great summer! Next week we will have an exciting webinar, presented by Dr Helen Moore on Stroke Outcome Measurement for you. And we are planning exciting new events for the autumn. Whether you are heading abroad, take a relaxing holiday at home or enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in the mountains, the islands or the seaside, enjoy the summer! See you soon! Your SDHI team!


SDHI Annual Postgraduate Retreat

We are delightKindrogan2ed to announce a 2-day Retreat from Wednesday 30th to Thursday 31st October 2013 at Kindrogan Field Centre near Pitlochry.  The Retreat is open to all (health-related) researchers in the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, with a preference for those who self-define as ‘early career’. The cost of the meeting (including accommodation and meals) is just £140 per person.  To register your interest in the retreat please contact Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell  PG Retreat October 2013