Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: A Delphi study on environmental factors that impact work and social life participation of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis in Austria and Switzerland
Authors: Prodinger, Birgit
Weise, Andrea
Shaw, Lynn
Stamm, Tanja
DOI: 10.3109/09638280903071883
Published in: Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume(Issue): 32
Issue: 3
Pages: 183
Pages to: 195
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8288
Language: English
Subjects: Occupational therapy; Environmental factors; Multiple Sclerosis
Subject (DDC): 615.8515: Occupational therapy
616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: Purpose: This study aimed to gain knowledge about environmental factors (EFs) that impact work and social life participation of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Austria and Switzerland to extend the knowledge of participation and to identify key areas for measuring participation. Method: A three-round Delphi study was conducted defining patients as experts. In the 1st round, qualitative data was gathered through questionnaires, analyzed with content analysis, and factors were assigned to EFs as classified in the ICF. In the 2nd and 3rd round, experts judged EFs according to its relevance to obtain consensus (cut-off 75%). Categories were ranked on a scale from mostly important to important. Results: One hundred and twelve Austrian and 109 Swiss experts were recruited. The content analysis revealed 768 EFs. The study resulted in a list of 176 consensus factors for Austria and 177 Switzerland. Five categories revealed to be highly important, 12 moderately important, 6 fairly important, and 10 important. Conclusions: This study indicates that participation in work or social life is influenced by physical, social, attitudinal, and policy factors. Consensus factors afford insights into areas for consideration in the development of participation outcome measurements and support a comprehensive and inclusive rehabilitation approach.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
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