Lack of research-based standards for accessible housing: problematization and exemplification of consequences

Helle, Tina, Brandt, Aase, Slaug, Björn and Iwarsson, Susanne (2011) Lack of research-based standards for accessible housing: problematization and exemplification of consequences. International Journal of Public Health, 56 6: 635-644. doi:10.1007/s00038-011-0290-4


Author Helle, Tina
Brandt, Aase
Slaug, Björn
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Lack of research-based standards for accessible housing: problematization and exemplification of consequences
Journal name International Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1661-8556
1661-8564
Publication date 2011-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00038-011-0290-4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 56
Issue 6
Start page 635
End page 644
Total pages 10
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Birkhaeuser Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To increase the understanding of how definitions of standards for housing design influence the proportion of dwellings not meeting the standards and the proportion of individuals defined as having accessibility problems.

Methods: The sample included old people and their dwellings in three European countries (N = 1,150). Frequencies and percentages were reported and empirical distribution functions were used.

Results: Depending on the functional profile and standards in question, the magnitude of influence of the standards differs in extent, e.g., the existing standard for door openings at the entrance (defined ≥75 cm) implied that the proportion of dwellings not meeting it was 11.3% compared to 64.4%, if the standard was set to ≥83 cm. The proportion of individuals defined as having accessibility problems for profiles not using mobility devices was 4-5, 57% for profiles using them and 1-3% for the total sample if the standard was set to 90 cm.

Conclusion: Research-based standard definitions for housing design are necessary to ensure that they actually lead to enhanced accessibility, which is a prerequisite for the independence and health of persons with functional limitations.
Keyword Functional limitations
Housing standards
Older persons
Public health
Social inclusion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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