Use and non-use of activity chairs – a cross-sectional study

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Abstract

Title
Use and non-use of activity chairs – a cross-sectional study
Introduction
Activity chairs are often granted to assist kitchen work. Yet, it well-known that clients use activity chairs for other purposes, such as doing the laundry and watering flowers, but also that some assistive devices are not used.
Objective
Examination of use and non-use of activity chairs, including identification of barriers for use.
Method
Cross-sectional design using a questionnaire for telephone interview with N=141 participants. Descriptive statistics, coding following questionnaire methodology and frequency distributions were used.
Results (preliminary, final analysis will be made October 2021)
Sample: 84% women, 16% men, mean age 57,6 (SD13,5), 66% used mobility devices: rollator 43%, sticks 39%, wheelchairs 18%. Pain, back- and balance problems were the most frequent causes for using a working chair.
97 % used the working chair: Daily; 82%, weekly 12%, monthly 3%, never 3%. Over time the working chair was used: more; 47%, less; 9%, the same; 44%.
In 95% the working chair was granted for kitchen work, but 76% use it for additional purposes; dining chair 48%, office chair 28%, laundry 28%, rest 12%, mobility 8%, cleaning 8%, personal care 6%, ironing 3% (some use occurred more than once).
76% experience barriers: Doorstep 27%, other level differences 6%, lack of space 48%, construction of the working chair 28% (some barriers occurred more than once).
Conclusion
Although working chairs predominantly are granted to assist kitchen work, clients use them for additional purposes. From a housing adaptation and assistive device perspective, it is critical to notice barriers potentially hindering it’s fully use.
Translated title of the contributionBrug og ikke-brug af arbejdsstole - et tværsnitsstudie
Original languageEnglish
Publication date31 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022
EventWFOT Congress 2022: Occupational R-evolution - Paris Convention Centre, Paris, France
Duration: 28 Aug 202231 Aug 2022

Conference

ConferenceWFOT Congress 2022
LocationParis Convention Centre
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period28/08/2231/08/22

Keywords

  • health, nutrition and quality of life

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