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Assessment of accessibility features of government- owned hospitals in Cebu City: Basis for environmental modification program.

Author

Cindy D. Allego,
Iris Ken Rico-Cavan

Related Institution

College of Optometry - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
BS
Specialization
Optometry
Publication Date
April 2013

Abstract

The study aimed to assess which of the accessibility features of government owned hospitals in Cebu City are most commonly inaccessible that needs Environmental Modification. Specifically, the study answered the following statements: First, assess the accessibility features of the government owned hospitals in Cebu City in terms of: (1) The accessible approach to entrance (2) Access to Goods and Services (3) Usability of Rest Rooms and (4) Additional Access. Second, develop an environmental modification program based on the results of assessment. The four government hospitals namely Camp Lapu-Lapu Station Hospital, Philippine National Police Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and Cebu City Medical Center were assessed using the Checklist for Environment Modification. The research paper utilized a qualitative method, descriptive type. The study found out the common inaccessibility of the government-owned hospitals in Cebu City. In the hospital A, there were seven hospitals assessed and majority of the inaccessible features were: route of travel, ramps, parking and drop-off areas, entrance, rooms and spaces, emergency egress/exits, signage for goods and services, seats, tables and counters, vertical circulation, stairs, elevators, lifts/elevators, getting to the rest rooms, doorways, and passageways, toilet cubicles, drinking fountains and telephones. Moreover, the hospital B, the common inaccessible features are the following: route of travel, ramps, parking and drop-offs areas, doors, entrance, horizontal circulation, emergency egress/exits, signage for goods and services, seats, tables and counters, vertical circulation, stairs, elevators, getting to the rest rooms, doorways and passageways, toilet cubicles, drinking fountains and telephones. Furthermore hospital C the common inaccessible features are ramps, controls, and toilet cubicles. On the other hand, the accessibility features that were not fully assessed as inaccessible are: route of travel, parking and drop-off areas rooms and spaces, emergency egress/exits, directional and informational signage, seats, table and counters, vertical circulation, stairs, elevators, lifts/elevators, doorways and passageways, drinking fountains and telephones. Lastly, in hospital D, among the three wards assessed majority of the inaccessible feature are the following: route of travel, ramps, parking and drop-offs areas, doors, entrance, emergency egress/exits, signage for goods and services, seats, tables and counters, getting to the rest rooms, doorways and passageways, toilet cubicles, drinking fountains and telephones. Based on the findings of the study, majority of inaccessible features of the assessed hospital buildings were in terms of the: first, accessible approach or entrances were the route of travel, ramps, parking and drop-off areas, and entrances were inaccessible. Second, access to goods and services were the emergency egress/exit, seats, tables, and counters and the elevators. Third, usability of the rest rooms was getting to the rest rooms, doorways and passageways and the toilet cubicles. And lastly the additional access was the drinking fountains and telephones were also inaccessible. The inaccessible features needs environmental modification program. In order to be accessible to all not only PWDs, but also children, elderly and the able bodied individuals to prevent risks for accidents and functional participate to its environment.The researcher would want to recommend future studies about first, a diverse study on different research local like hotels, restaurants, other public serving buildings. Second, the use of the same research instrument in assessing an individual's home environment and the level of performance of patients with the environmental modifications. A study on the level of awareness of other allied medical professionals and hospital staff on the role of Occupational Therapy in Environmental Modification.

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Citation

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