Visitability Surveillance, Prevalence, And Correlates In Florida

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Erin Bouldin, Assistant Professor, PhD (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: A primary means of social connection is visiting friends and families in their homes. Visitability is designing houses in a way that enables people to visit others' homes regardless of physical limitations or use of mobility assistive devices. The goals of this study were to develop a set of questions about visitability that could be used for surveillance and to assess the prevalence and correlates of visitability features in Florida. We added five questions to the 2011 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n = 12,399 respondents) and used complementary log–log regression models to estimate the prevalence ratio of each visitability feature. The prevalence of visitability features in Florida homes was high for respondents with and without disabilities, though there was variation by visitability feature. A level entrance to the home and wide doorways were present in most respondents' homes (84.9% and 86.2%, respectively), while a main floor bathroom (59.6%) and a zero-step entrance (45.4%) were reported less commonly. People with a disability were less likely to report that their own home had doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair compared to people without a disability (PR = 0.87, 95% CI: 0.80–0.95). Visitability features were less common in households with lower income and also in trailers or mobile homes than in detached single-family homes.

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Bouldin, Erin D. et al. (2015). Visitability surveillance, prevalence, and correlates in Florida. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 8 , Issue 1 , 140 - 145. DOI: Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
Disability, Participation, Surveillance, Visitability, Housing

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