The social construction of disability and the capabilities approach: Implications for nursing
Improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities (PWD) should be included https://plato.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/encyclopedia/archinfo.cgi?entry=justice-distributivein any strategies aimed at eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity in the United States. However, practitioners and policymakers often overlook disability when considering health equity. This is problematic because structural injustices including social and environmental barriers frequently worsen health for PWD. A commitment to social justice, however, dictates that everyone should have equitable opportunities to participate in chosen aspects of life to the best of their abilities and desires.
We use a critical commentary to provide suggestions for the nursing discipline. Specifically, we 1) position the disparities in health and well-being experienced by PWD as matters of equity and social justice, 2) describe Amartya Sen's capabilities approach, and 3) provide suggestions for incorporating tenets of the capabilities approach into nursing practice, research, and policy.
The capabilities approach can provide a useful framework to guide nursing practice, research, and policy in order to advance social justice for PWD.
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Whitney A. Thurman, Tracie C. Harrison, Alexandra A. Garcia & William M. Sage,
The social construction of disability and the capabilities approach: Implications for nursing,
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