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The bath environment, the bathing task, and the older adult: A review and future directions for bathing disability research

Disability and Rehabilitation

Author: Murphy, Susan L., Gretebeck, Kimberlee A., Alexander, Neil B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2007


Purpose. To review existing research studies to identify optimal intervention strategies for remediation and prevention of bathing disability and future directions for bathing disability research. Method. Bathing disability, defined as problems in the interaction between the person and the environment during bathing performance, is examined through a comprehensive, narrative literature review. Results. Most studies focus on the relationship between the person and the environment (such as assistive device use and environmental hazards) while fewer studies focus on analysis of the bathing task or the interaction of the person, environment, and bathing task. Of intervention studies, most do not focus solely on remediation of bathing disability and outcomes vary widely. Conclusions. In order to help remediate and prevent bathing disability, it will be necessary to better understand and measure the person-environment-occupation interaction involved in bathing as it relates to specific groups of older adults.

Further Details

Full Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Pages: 1067-1075
Volume: 29
Issue: 14
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISBN/ISSN: 0963-8288
Remote Database Name: /z-wcorg/
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Language: En
Reads: 79