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ABILITY AND PERCEIVED DIFFICULTY IN DAILY ACTIVITIES IN PEOPLE WITH POLIOMYELITIS SEQUELAE

Anna-Lisa Thorén-Jönsson, Gunnar Grimby
A1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Göteborg University, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden

DOI: 10.1080/165019701300006461

Abstract

Polio involvement and its relation to ability in terms of independence and perceived difficulty in activities in daily living (ADL) were studied in outpatients (median age 57 years) with poliomyelitis sequelae (n = 133). The use and need of assistive devices and housing conditions were recorded. The subjects had a high degree of independence in personal ADL, whereas more than 50% were dependent on cleaning, shopping and transportation. A considerable number of subjects independent in ADL reported difficulties in daily activities. The majority of interventions in the form of housing adaptation and assistive devices were provided for persons severely weakened by polio. Ratings of perceived difficulty indicated need of interventions to prevent overload and increased dependence in ADL. However, about half of the recommended mobility assistive devices were rejected. The results indicate that polio subjects try to maintain their independence despite perceived difficulties and may be reluctant to use assistive devices.

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