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Health-related quality of life among people applying for housing adaptations: Associated factors

Health-related quality of life among people applying for housing adaptations: Associated factors

Title: Health-related quality of life among people applying for housing adaptations: Associated factors
Author: Boström, Lovisa
Malmgren Fänge, Agneta
Chiatti, Carlos   orcid.org/0000-0003-4810-9630
Thordardottir, Björg   orcid.org/0000-0002-2831-1287
Ekstam, Lisa   orcid.org/0000-0002-7965-5530
Date: 2018-09-27
Language: English
Scope: 2130
University/Institute: Háskólinn á Akureyri
University of Akureyri
School: Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HA)
School of Health Sciences (UA)
Department: Iðjuþjálfunarfræðideild (HA)
Faculty of Occupational Therapy (UA)
Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;15(10)
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15102130
Subject: ADL; Disability; Health; Home; Usability; Fötlun; Heilsufar; Heimilið
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1168

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Boström, L.; Chiatti, C.; Thordardottir, B.; Ekstam, L.; Malmgren Fänge, A. Health-Related Quality of Life among People Applying for Housing Adaptations: Associated Factors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2130.


Housing adaptations (HA) clients are a heterogeneous group of people with disabilities experiencing restricted performance and participation in everyday life. While health-related quality of life is a common and relevant outcome in health care research, associated factors among HA clients are largely unknown. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate which factors are associated with health-related quality of life among HA clients in Sweden. The study has a cross-sectional design, using baseline data collected among 224 participants in three municipalities in Sweden. The main outcome was health-related quality of life measured by the EQ-5D. Factors investigated as potentially associated were age, sex, living conditions, cognitive impairment, usability of the home, activities of daily living (ADL) dependence, participation, and fear of falling. The associations were explored using multiple linear regression analysis. Younger age and higher dependence in ADL were associated with lower scores on the EQ-5D. The social aspect of usability in the home had a positive association with the EQ VAS. Results suggest that certain groups of HA clients might be at risk for low health-related quality of life. Knowledge of their characteristics can potentially improve development and implementation of tailored interventions aiming at increasing their health-related quality of life.


This article belongs to the Special Issue IJERPH: 15th Anniversary


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