Accommodating obese patients

A physical impairment includes physiological disorders or conditions, cosmetic disfigurement or an anatomical loss that affects one or more of the major body systems (ie: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory, speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, skin, etc.).

Common examples of physical impairments include visual, speech and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, cancer, drug addiction and alcoholism.

On the other hand, if the patient has been successfully rehabilitated or is currently in rehab and not using drugs, you may not legally withhold health care services.

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For example, if the patient exceeds the weight restrictions for a dental chair and thus, it creates a safety issue, the dentist may perform the services by having the patient sit in a different type of chair.

Posted by Rebecca Brommel on Friday, March 11, 2016 Many providers have likely dealt with patients with a variety of disabilities, patients who speak a different language or patients from different cultures, religions and the like.

As our communities grow and become more diverse, it is likely that you will see more and more of your patients falling into these categories.

The situation and considerations are similar when it comes to non-English speaking patients.

Although non-English speaking patients are not considered disabled, they are protected from discrimination based upon their race and national origin.

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