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Type: Journal article
Title: Older adults' perceptions of the built environment and associations with frailty: a feasibility and acceptability study
Author: Arakawa Martins, B.
Barrie, H.
Dollard, J.
Mahajan, N.
Visvanathan, R.
Citation: The Journal of Frailty and Aging, 2018; 7(4):268-271
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2260-1341
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B. Arakawa Martins, H. Barrie, J. Dollard, N. Mahajan, R. Visvanathan
Abstract: It is essential to evaluate frail older adults understanding and execution of survey tools to improve data quality and accurate representation in research. The study tested the feasibility and acceptability of a survey that assesses various measures of functional status in frail older people. The study evaluated: 1) recruitment rate; 2) time to complete questionnaires and difficulties encountered; and 3) acceptability by participants. Validated tools including: FRAIL Scale, EuroQoL 5D-5L, Charlson's Comorbidities Index, Baecke's Physical Activity Questionnaire, Life-Space Assessment, Katz and Lawton ADL and NEWS Walkability Scale were assessed. Twenty-five older patients (63% recruitment rate) of a post-acute restorative program (residential Transition Care Program) in Adelaide, South Australia were interviewed. Although not statistically different, time to complete the overall questionnaire differed between robust, pre-frail and frail participants. Overall, the survey was considered acceptable and feasible, with consideration with NEWS and Life-Space assessment regarding length, phrasing and layout.
Keywords: Frailty; feasibility; neighborhood; built environment
Rights: © Serdi and Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
DOI: 10.14283/jfa.2018.23
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