Person-environment fit using the ICF and Housing Enabler

housing enabler logoMaking the environment fit for all regardless of capacity is an important goal for public health efforts. But valid methods for measuring accessibility are currently icflacking. This study aims to address this lack. Using the ICF and the Housing Enabler as a conceptual framework, a typology of person-environment fit was developed along three dimensions: 1) accessibility problem range and severity; 2) aspects of functioning; 3) environmental context.

Abstract background: “Making the built environment accessible for all regardless of functional capacity is an important goal for public health efforts. Considerable impediments to achieving this goal suggest the need for valid measurements of accessibility and for greater attention to the complexity of person-environment fit issues. To address these needs, this study aimed to provide a methodological platform, useful for further research and instrument development within accessibility research. This was accomplished by the construction of a typology of problematic person-environment fit constellations, utilizing an existing methodology developed to assess and analyze accessibility problems in the built environment.”

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Article by Björn Slaug, Oliver Schilling, Susanne Iwarsson, and Gunilla Carlsson