A protocol for removing environmental barriers to independent living (REBIL): An adapted evidence-based occupational therapy intervention to increase community participation for individuals aging with long-term physical disabilities

Szu Wei Chen, Emily Somerville, Megen Devine, Susan Stark

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Abstract

Background: People aging with long-term physical disabilities are living longer and experiencing the challenges of aging, including the onset of secondary and age-related health conditions. People aging with long-term physical disabilities are at high risk of falls, fall injuries, diminished functional abilities, and compromised participation. However, no available programs support people aging with long-term physical disabilities to participate safely at home and in the community. The proposed study is to examine the feasibility and efficacy of an adapted intervention: removing environmental barriers to independent living. Method/Design: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial will be conducted. Participants who are 45–65 years old; self-report difficulty with ⩾2 daily activities; have had a physical disability for ⩾5 years; and live within 60 mi of the research lab are eligible. All participants will receive an initial in-home evaluation before randomization. The treatment group will receive removing environmental barriers to independent living (total five visits) intervention, which is tailored. The waitlist control group will be offered the same intervention after 6-month follow-up. Expected outcomes are high acceptability, fidelity, and adherence; low safety risk; improved community participation and daily activities performance; and fewer environmental barriers and fall hazards. Discussion: Findings will serve as preliminary evidence for occupational therapy community practice. Outcomes will also inform future large, pragmatic trials. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • aging
  • community participation
  • falls
  • home activity participation
  • People with physical disability
  • randomized controlled trial

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