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Disabil Health J. 2012 Jan;5(1):49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2011.10.003.

Disability and home hazards and safety practices in US households.

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University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505, USA. cvladutiu@unc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Individuals with disabilities have an elevated risk of residential injury. However, the prevalence of home hazards and safety practices among households where an individual with a disability resides is unknown.

METHODS:

This study examined patterns of home hazards and safety practices among 1003 households across the United States in 2002.

RESULTS:

Households with at least 1 resident with a disability had a lower prevalence of household hazards than those without a resident with a disability, including living in a 2-story dwelling (34.6% vs 50.7%) and having stairs inside the home (48.1% vs 58.4%). They were more likely to implement fall prevention strategies, such as handrails or grab bars in the bathroom (40.4% vs 21.8%) and mats or nonskid strips in the tub or shower (71.7% vs 61.5%).

CONCLUSION:

There is room for improvement in safety practices among households where an individual with a disability resides.

PMID:
22226298
DOI:
10.1016/j.dhjo.2011.10.003
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