Use of Mobility Devices: The Decision-Making Process of Nine African-American Older AdultsBy Copolillo, Albert E.; Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 185-200
Publication Date: Summer 2001
Study examines the process of deciding to use mobility devices in nine older African-American adults. One of the participants used a wheelchair and a walker, five used canes, two used a cane for a brief period, and one had never used a mobility device. Qualitative methods, including focus groups and narrative interviews were used in the study. The participants were encouraged to discuss the meaning and value they placed on mobility device use, and the impact the devices had on daily events. Data were analyzed using grounded theory methods. Four themes emerged to describe the process of deciding to use a mobility device: (1) interpreting cues, (2) accepting use, (3) integrating use, and (4) anticipating the future. Implications for occupational therapy professionals are discussed.
Published by: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) (Website:http://www.aota.org)