Research and Campaigns

You OWN It prides itself on having its campaigns research led. Proceeding with our campaigning in this way means that change is more likely to occur. We only want the best by working with disabled people and relevant allies to enable disabled people to thrive through the health and wellness sector.

The Research and Campaigns sector is an area of continual growth. We hope to expand this area as years go by.

We are very excited to be working on our first research project ‘An Investigative Study into How Physically Disabled Adult Wheelchair Users Perceive the Treatment They Receive in a Medical Emergency: An Interpretative Phenomenological Approach.’

We believe this is an important area of research as worldwide and UK research demonstrates that physically disabled people are at a severe disadvantage when accessing healthcare services. Such disadvantages might mean that the UK is contravening the Equality Act (2010) and therefore at fault of disability discrimination.

With disability rates on the rise and disabled people living longer, there will be an increasing need for disabled people to access healthcare services, which also include the emergency services. There has also been an increase of usage in those using wheelchairs and who are unable to self-transfer. Research from the USA highlights that wheelchair users who are unable to self-transfer face unique challenges in healthcare provision. Additionally, there is a paucity of research in the UK exploring how emergency departments and staff cater to meet individual needs of physically disabled people. This is of great importance, as a study from the United States of America suggests that healthcare staff’s attitudes towards Spinal Cord Injury patients in an emergency setting may affect the care that they receive (Gerhart et al., 1994).

The current research will attempt to address the paucity of research in literature through exploring the experiences of physically disabled adult wheelchair users and the perception of the treatment they receive in a medical emergency. It will explore what lessons there are to be learnt about increasing access to healthcare settings, in particular those who need emergency support. It will aim to inform and advise researchers, policy makers and healthcare providers of possible ways to further enable physically disabled adult wheelchair users to access and use healthcare and emergency services.

We are currently analysing current data to ensure that we can publish this research in 2020. Once published, we can begin campaigning.

Without active participants, change is unlikely to occur so we would like to thank all the participants that have taken part in the current study!


Gerhart, K. A., Koziol-McLain, J., Lowenstein, S. R., &Whiteneck, G. G. (1994). Quality of life following spinal cord injury: knowledge and attitudes of emergency care providers. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 23(4), 807–812. doi:10.1016/S0196-0644(94)70318-3

HM Government. (2010). Equality Act 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2018,

If you feel that there is an area of research which you would like You OWN It to explore then please get in touch via the button below, explaining the area of research you’d like You OWN It to explore, why it is important for disabled people to thrive through the health and wellness sector, and what campaigns could be created by exploring your proposed research idea.


We would like to thank you for taking the time to send us your idea. However, due to limitations, completing this form does not guarantee that your suggested area of research will be explored.