Housing adaptations from the perspectives of Swedish occupational therapists

Fänge, Agneta Malmgren, Lindberg, Katarina and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) Housing adaptations from the perspectives of Swedish occupational therapists. Scandanavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20 3: 228-240. doi:10.3109/11038128.2012.737368

Author Fänge, Agneta Malmgren
Lindberg, Katarina
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Housing adaptations from the perspectives of Swedish occupational therapists
Journal name Scandanavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
Publication date 2013-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/11038128.2012.737368
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 228
End page 240
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate how occupational therapists in Sweden administer housing adaptation cases, how they perceive the housing adaptation process, and which improvements they consider necessary. Methods: A total of 1 679 occupational therapists employed by the county councils or the local authorities (and involved in housing adaptations) participated in a web-based survey. The survey targeted issues related to referral and needs identification, assessment, certification, case progress feedback, and evaluation. Results: Less than half of the occupational therapists systematized the assessment prior to intervention and very few conducted any evaluation afterwards. Feedback from workmen or grant managers to the occupational therapists on each case's adaptation progress was often asked for but rarely given. The majority of the participants were satisfied with the housing adaptation process in general, while at the same time they indicated a need for further improvements in the process. Differences between occupational therapists related to employer and year of graduation were found on the majority of the targeted issues. Conclusions: To conclude, to a very large extent housing adaptations seem to be based on non-standardized procedures for assessment, and only a few of them are evaluated systematically.
Keyword Web-based survey
Home modification
Evidence-based practice
Case management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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