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Evaluating home environments of persons with dementia : interrater reliability and validity of the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP)

Disability and Rehabilitation

Author: Gitlin, L. N., Schinfeld, S., Winter, L, Corcoran, M., Boyce, A. A., Hauck, W.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2002


Home Environment Assessment Protocol (HEAP), was developed to examine dimensions of the physical environment of homes of persons with dementia. It consists of 192 items that are summed up into separate groups representing the number of hazards, adaptations, and level of clutter and comfort in eight areas of the home. This paper reports on the interrater reliability and validity of HEAP. 22 dementia households were observed. The raters used in this study were 2 occupational therapists, considered to be environmental experts and 2 social science interviewers, considered to be non-environmental experts. Findings show that both expert and non-expert raters use the HEAP consistently.

Further Details

Full Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Pages: 59-71
Volume: 24
Issue: 1-3
Accession Number: September, 2011
Notes: original
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/0963828011006632 5
Keywords: cognitive, older, safety improvement, modification, assessment, United States
Reads: 475