Educating Health Professionals about Disability: A Review of Interventions

Peer-reviewed article
(2013 Dec) Health and Social Care Education, 2 20-37


Tom Shakespeare and Ira Kleine


Health professionals need to understand the human rights and health needs of disabled people. This review of evidence on interventions demonstrates that a range of often innovative approaches have been trialled. Lectures by faculty are less effective in changing attitudes than contact with disabled people themselves. Existing examples of good practice need to be scaled up, and better and more long-term evaluations of impact are required.