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Three very old men's experiences of mobility device use over time

Citation
Kylberg M, Lofqvist C, Phillips J & Iwarsson S (2013) Three very old men's experiences of mobility device use over time. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20 (5), pp. 397-405. https://doi.org/10.3109/11038128.2013.779321

Abstract
Aim: The aim of this study was to explore experiences of mobility device (MD) use among very old single-living Swedish men. Methods: A multiple case study of three men, involving quantitative and qualitative data, was used in an embedded mixed methods design and presented in three narrative stories. To capture differences and similarities in the use of MDs a cross-case analysis was conducted. Results: The findings show that the devices were important for retaining independence in everyday life and for participation in social activities. Use of MDs impacted on everyday activities by enabling, restricting, or changing the performance. Planning and careful thinking were new strategies developed for managing everyday life. The devices were purchased, received from relatives, or prescribed by professionals at a time point when there was a need. The function and form of the devices and a supportive environment were considered important for optimal use. Conclusions: These narrative stories nurture our understanding of complex and multifaceted aspects impacting on MD use in everyday life for very old men. To support active ageing, occupational therapists and other health professionals need to seek information on personal needs and expectations, in order to understand individual perspectives on MD use.

Keywords
rollator; occupational therapy; mixed methods; longitudinal; case study; cane; active ageing

Journal
Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy: Volume 20, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Author(s)Kylberg, Marianne; Lofqvist, Charlotte; Phillips, Judith; Iwarsson, Susanne
Publication date31/12/2013
Publication date online22/04/2013
Date accepted by journal20/02/2013
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN1103-8128
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