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Availability and need of home adaptations for personal mobility among individuals with spinal cord injury
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4479526
Author(s) Hertig-Godeschalk, Anneke; Gemperli, Armin; Arnet, Ursina; Hinrichs, Timo
Author(s) at UniBasel Hinrichs, Timo
Year 2018
Title Availability and need of home adaptations for personal mobility among individuals with spinal cord injury
Journal The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Volume 41
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 91-101
Mesh terms Activities of Daily Living; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Architectural Accessibility; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Needs Assessment; Neurological Rehabilitation, statistics & numerical data; Spinal Cord Injuries, rehabilitation
Abstract To identify the availability and unmet need of home adaptations (HAs) among the Swiss population with spinal cord injury (SCI).; Cross-sectional study.; Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey 2012.; Individuals aged 16 or older with chronic SCI living in Switzerland.; Not applicable.; The availability of ten HAs (self-report) was analyzed by sex, age, living situation, indoor mobility, SCI severity, SCI etiology and time since SCI. The unmet need (self-report of not having a HA but needing it) of HAs was analyzed by financial hardship.; Among the 482 study participants (mean age 55.2 years, standard deviation 15.0 years, 71.6% males), 85.1% had at least one HA. The most frequent HA was a wheelchair accessible shower (62.7%). Availability of HAs markedly varied with indoor mobility (e.g. 38.4% of participants using a wheelchair had a stair lift compared to 17.4% of those walking) and with SCI severity (e.g. 54.8% of those with complete paraplegia had a wheelchair accessible kitchen worktop compared to 26.0% of those with incomplete paraplegia). Unmet need was highest for adjustable kitchen worktops (78.7% of those with a need) and adjustable kitchen cabinets (75.7%) and lowest for wheelchair accessible showers (9.4%) and grab bars next to the toilet (8.5%). No significant differences in unmet need were found when stratifying for financial hardship.; Availability of HAs is dependent on indoor mobility and SCI severity. There is a considerable degree of unmet need for selected HAs, which couldn't be explained by financial hardship.
ISSN/ISBN 2045-7723
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/10790268.2017.1308995
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000429625000014
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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