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Prevention of Secondary Conditions
Secondary conditions have been defined as: “physical, medical, cognitive, emotional, or psycho-social consequences to which persons with disabilities are more susceptible by virtue of an underlying condition, including adverse outcomes in health, wellness, participation, and quality of life.”
Although some secondary conditions can be prevented or decreased by a combination of health maintenance practices, removal of environmental barriers, and improved access to effective medical care, others are inevitable components of certain types of disabilities and can be managed but not prevented. Some of the more common secondary conditions include depression, hypertension, chronic pain, skin sores, fractures, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, unwanted weight gain, excessive fatigue, and social isolation (as cited from the Baylor College of Medicine, 2015).
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