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To collect the data on the topic areas identified in the preliminary research, the Hospital constructed a survey that addressed the following topics: disability; health and social services; income and employment; housing and transportation; technology and assistive devices; community participation; and individual information.

The survey, which contained 47 questions (Figure 2C), was launched on August 27, 2012 and closed on December 31, 2012, and was distributed and collected in three ways:

Online: The survey was developed in the online tool SurveyMonkey, and shared in waves via email to individuals and organizations serving people living with disabilities.

  • The first wave of electronic surveys was emailed in late August and early September to all Magees Peers, volunteers and wheelchair sports teams. It was also shared with outside organizations for distribution, including the Carousel House and Sierra Group Academy.
  • The second wave of electronic surveys was emailed on October 31 to the Inglis House, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, the MayorҒs Commission on People with Disabilities and member organizations serving individuals with disabilities. Member organizations of the Mayors Commission include Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Library for the Blind, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Adrienne Theatre, Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, Children with Special Needs, The Academy/Sierra Group, I.D.E.A.L. Magazine, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, CATCH, Gateway Health Plan, Best Buddies, Addus-Heatlh Care, Language Interpreters DHCC, Path, National Federation for the Blind, CCPS Job Center, Little ROC Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania, Penn Elks Homes, Hispanic Community Services, JEVS, Liberty Resources, Ahedd, Bayada Health Care, Epilepsy Foundation of Easter Pennsylvania, Partnership for Community Supports, Archdiocese of Pennsylvania, PNC Bank, Temple Education, PATF, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Wheels Inc., Breaking Barriers, U.S. Census Bureau, Victor Support Services, School for the Deaf, Blind&Visual Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Main Line Health Services, Ride/Way, Krapf Coachers, Drexel University College of Medicine, Pennsylvania Care Associates and Moss Rehab.
  • Magee staff were also sent the link to the survey and asked to share with people living with a disability and/or organizations serving individuals with disabilities on November 1 and December 13, 2012.
  • The online survey was also shared on MageeҒs website, Twitter and Facebook pages regularly. Other organizations shared via social media as well per the Hospitals request, including the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, SPINALpedia and
  • Postcards including instructions for completing the online version of the survey were distributed at the main hospital and outpatient facilities throughout the duration of the survey (FIGURE 2D).

Hard-Copy: Paper versions of the survey were available at MageeҒs main hospital, as well as Magee outpatient centers from launch of survey to close. Versions of this survey were shared with organizations from initial online survey email blast that requested hard-copies.

  • On September 28, 2012, Magee distributed hard-copy versions of the survey to the Hospitals table at Global AbilitiesҒ Rec Fest, a Philadelphia-wide event for organizations providing services to the disabled community and well-attended by people living with disabilities.
  • On November, 19, 2012, Magee presented the survey at a meeting of the Mayors Commission on People with Disabilities, which included representatives from Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern PA (EFEPA); Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Church; Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Department of Human Services; Office of Risk Management for City of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Airport; Liberty Resources, Inc.; National MS Society; Moss Rehab; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA); Consumers of the Disabled Community; West Point Military Academy; Consumers of the Deaf and Blind Community; and Legislative Committee Council. Paper versions and electronic copies were shared with the Commission and all member organizations. Organizations were then able to translate the survey into Braille and e-readers.

Administered: In the event that the person was unable to take the survey without assistance, Magee volunteers administered surveys in private spaces at the Hospital and its outpatient centers.

Online survey results were collected via SurveyMonkey, which provided detailed statistics on responses. Open-ended questions and ғOther responses were reviewed by working group staff and categorized accordingly.

Hard-copy and administered surveys were reviewed and entered into SurveyMonkey by trained Magee volunteers and marked as non-electronic entry. All paper surveys will be kept on file. Open-ended questions and ԓOther responses were reviewed by working group staff and categorized accordingly.


At the close of the survey, results for each question were tabulated and measured in percentages. The Hospital compared the results from the survey with statistics from the Public Health Management CorporationԒs (PHMC) Community Health Database, the Department of Health for Philadelphia Countys database and 2010 Census data. From there, the Hospital identified those areas where statistically significant differences (5%) could be seen between the general population of the geographic community served and the special population served. These areas where significant differences between the communities were identified, as well as responses that indicated an unmet need in the special population, are addressed in this report as community health needs.

Once those areas had been identified, the Hospital performed cross tabulations to identify if any particular populations in the disabled community were more or less impacted by these health needs, including issues by injury/illness type, functional limitations, age ranges, zip code and gender. This additional analysis informed specific implementation strategies for the identified health needs.