architectural accessibility


Summary: Designs for approaching areas inside or outside facilities.

Top Publications

  1. Beautrais A. Effectiveness of barriers at suicide jumping sites: a case study. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2001;35:557-62 pubmed
  2. Law C, Yip P. An economic evaluation of setting up physical barriers in railway stations for preventing railway injury: evidence from Hong Kong. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2011;65:915-20 pubmed publisher
    ..A more extensive perspective for exploring other outcome measurements and evaluation methods to reflect a fair and appropriate value of the intervention's cost-effectiveness is needed. ..
  3. Ventura B, Siewerdt F, Estevez I. Effects of barrier perches and density on broiler leg health, fear, and performance. Poult Sci. 2010;89:1574-83 pubmed publisher
    ..Although barrier perches did not appear to reduce fearfulness, the improvement in footpad health suggests that simple barriers may provide key welfare benefits to broiler chickens. ..
  4. Beautrais A, Gibb S, Fergusson D, Horwood L, Larkin G. Removing bridge barriers stimulates suicides: an unfortunate natural experiment. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2009;43:495-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This natural experiment, using a powerful a-b-a (reversal) design, shows that safety barriers are effective in preventing suicide: their removal increases suicides; their reinstatement prevents suicides. ..
  5. Pelletier A. Preventing suicide by jumping: the effect of a bridge safety fence. Inj Prev. 2007;13:57-9 pubmed
    ..The safety fence was effective in preventing suicides from the bridge. There was no evidence that suicidal individuals sought alternative sites for jumping. ..
  6. Cradock A, Kawachi I, Colditz G, Hannon C, Melly S, Wiecha J, et al. Playground safety and access in Boston neighborhoods. Am J Prev Med. 2005;28:357-63 pubmed
    ..CBGs with more youth had greater distances to the safest playgrounds (p =0.04). In Boston, playground safety and access to playgrounds varied according to indicators of small-area socioeconomic and racial/ethnic composition. ..
  7. Saks E. The importance of accommodations in higher education. Psychiatr Serv. 2008;59:376 pubmed publisher
  8. Jiménez A, Seco F, Zampella F, Prieto J, Guevara J. PDR with a foot-mounted IMU and ramp detection. Sensors (Basel). 2011;11:9393-410 pubmed publisher
    ..Drift-free localization is achieved with positioning errors below 2 meters for 1,000-meter-long routes in a building with a few ramps...
  9. Mata S, Bottjer D. Microbes and mass extinctions: paleoenvironmental distribution of microbialites during times of biotic crisis. Geobiology. 2012;10:3-24 pubmed publisher

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  1. Räsänen M, Lajunen T, Alticafarbay F, Aydin C. Pedestrian self-reports of factors influencing the use of pedestrian bridges. Accid Anal Prev. 2007;39:969-73 pubmed
    ..The use rate is likely to improve, if the safety benefits and convenience of using the bridge without considerable time loss are clearly visible to pedestrians. ..
  2. Theodos P. Fall prevention in frail elderly nursing home residents: a challenge to case management: part I. Lippincotts Case Manag. 2003;8:246-51 pubmed
    ..Tools used for prevention, monitoring, and investigation of falls will be detailed in Part II. ..
  3. Qureshi B, Scambler S. The Disability Discrimination Act and Access: practical suggestions. Dent Update. 2008;35:627-8, 631-2, 634-5 pubmed
    ..From October 2004, all general dental practices have been required to take, or begin to plan, reasonable steps to improve access to their dental surgeries in order to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. ..
  4. Marston J, Church R. A relative access measure to identify barriers to efficient transit use by persons with visual impairments. Disabil Rehabil. 2005;27:769-79 pubmed
  5. Briggs P, Barnard M. The new Northwestern Memorial Hospital: planned, constructed, and operated through the patients first philosophy. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2000;26:287-98 pubmed
    ..During the first six weeks, key management team members met daily to debrief on new issues identified and old ones resolved, and issued e-mail bulletins to highlight improvements and solicit feedback and other ideas. ..
  6. McColl M, Aiken A, McColl A, Sakakibara B, Smith K. Primary care of people with spinal cord injury: scoping review. Can Fam Physician. 2012;58:1207-16, e626-35 pubmed
  7. Mohl A, Stulz N, Martin A, Eigenmann F, Hepp U, Hüsler J, et al. The "Suicide Guard Rail": a minimal structural intervention in hospitals reduces suicide jumps. BMC Res Notes. 2012;5:408 pubmed publisher
    ..34, df?=?1, p?=?.037). Even a minimal structural intervention might prevent suicide jumps in a general hospital. Further work is needed to examine the effectiveness of minimal structural interventions in preventing suicide jumps. ..
  8. Dutta T, King E, Holliday P, Gorski S, Fernie G. Design of built environments to accommodate mobility scooter users: part I. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2011;6:67-76 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings will contribute to recommendations for new standards for built environments that can accommodate scooter users. ..
  9. Higuchi T, Cinelli M, Patla A. Gaze behavior during locomotion through apertures: the effect of locomotion forms. Hum Mov Sci. 2009;28:760-71 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the patterns of fixation are altered when they involve a completely novel task of locomotion, such as when using a wheelchair for the first time. ..
  10. Welage N, Liu K. Wheelchair accessibility of public buildings: a review of the literature. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2011;6:1-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Professional in this practice area has an important role to play in advocating wheelchair accessibility and assisting wheelchair users to participate fully in all areas of the community. ..
  11. Fukuda H, Saito T, Tsunomachi M, Doutsu T. Wheelchair-accessible dental offices in Nagasaki, Japan. Community Dent Health. 2010;27:187-90 pubmed
    ..Dentists should the understand architectural and perceptual barriers faced by handicapped persons and the aged and consider barrier-free office designs for all patients. ..
  12. Spencer M, Murias J, Paterson D. Characterizing the profile of muscle deoxygenation during ramp incremental exercise in young men. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2012;112:3349-60 pubmed publisher
  13. Marks M, Teasell R. More than ramps: accessible health care for people with disabilities. CMAJ. 2006;175:329, 331 pubmed
  14. Martini A, Dall Agnol C. [To wash or not to wash the hands? Reasons for a nursing team]. Rev Gaucha Enferm. 2005;26:88-101 pubmed
    ..The procedure is performed mainly because of visible dirt and it is a neglected and undervalued practice with predominant focus on protecting the professionals. ..
  15. Li K, Tang S. The predicted barrier effects in the proximity of tall buildings. J Acoust Soc Am. 2003;114:821-32 pubmed
    ..Case studies are also presented that highlight the significance of positioning the barrier relative to the noise-sensitive receivers in order to achieve improved shielding efficiency of the barrier. ..
  16. Angus J, Kontos P, Dyck I, McKeever P, Poland B. The personal significance of home: habitus and the experience of receiving long-term home care. Sociol Health Illn. 2005;27:161-87 pubmed
    ..The material spaces of their homes signified, or prompted, altered or changing social placement. ..
  17. Mitchell T, Kovera M. The effects of attribution of responsibility and work history on perceptions of reasonable accommodations. Law Hum Behav. 2006;30:733-48 pubmed
    ..Implications of the use of extralegal factors in accommodation decisions are discussed. ..
  18. Vierling L. Supreme Court clarifies employee/employer status. Case Manager. 2003;14:30-4 pubmed
  19. Allotey P, Reidpath D, Kouame A, Cummins R. The DALY, context and the determinants of the severity of disease: an exploratory comparison of paraplegia in Australia and Cameroon. Soc Sci Med. 2003;57:949-58 pubmed
  20. West S. The accessibility of substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States for persons with disabilities. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007;33:1-5 pubmed
    ..Such widespread inaccessibility may be a factor that promotes the low representation of PWDs in the treatment population. ..
  21. Lafferty M. Serving patients with disabilities: FAQs for doctors. Tenn Med. 2007;100:33-4 pubmed
  22. Iwarsson S, Nygren C, Slaug B. Cross-national and multi-professional inter-rater reliability of the Housing Enabler. Scand J Occup Ther. 2005;12:29-39 pubmed
    ..However, the moderate agreement levels pinpoint the importance of rater training. ..
  23. Peronnet F, Aguilaniu B. [Pulmonary and alveolar ventilation, gas exchanges and arterial blood gases during ramp exercise]. Rev Mal Respir. 2012;29:1017-34 pubmed publisher
  24. Marquardt G, Johnston D, Black B, Morrison A, Rosenblatt A, Lyketsos C, et al. Association of the spatial layout of the home and ADL abilities among older adults with dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2011;26:51-7 pubmed publisher
    ..These results warrant further research on space syntax measures in the home environment of people with dementia, including longitudinal study, which we are pursuing. ..
  25. Nagasawa Y. Japanese facilities in focus. Health Estate. 2002;56:45-7 pubmed
  26. Roessler R, Bishop M, Rumrill P, Sheppard Jones K, Waletich B, Umeasiegbu V, et al. Specialized housing and transportation needs of adults with multiple sclerosis. Work. 2013;45:223-35 pubmed publisher
  27. Baird W, McGrother C, Abrams K, Dugmore C, Jackson R. Access to dental services for people with a physical disability: a survey of general dental practitioners in Leicestershire, UK. Community Dent Health. 2008;25:248-52 pubmed
  28. Vierling L. The foundation for ADA and the rest of the story. Case Manager. 2004;15:68-9 pubmed
  29. Tongsiri S, Ploylearmsang C, Hawsutisima K, Riewpaiboon W, Tangcharoensathien V. Modifying homes for persons with physical disabilities in Thailand. Bull World Health Organ. 2017;95:140-145 pubmed publisher
  30. Smith R, Lehning A, Dunkle R. Conceptualizing age-friendly community characteristics in a sample of urban elders: an exploratory factor analysis. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2013;56:90-111 pubmed publisher
    ..Future research should explore the effects of these factors across contexts and populations...
  31. Marcus C. Great greenery. Some basic advice on creating a healing garden. Health Facil Manage. 2002;15:20-3 pubmed
  32. Fänge A, Iwarsson S, Persson A. Accessibility to the public environment as perceived by teenagers with functional limitations in a south Swedish town centre. Disabil Rehabil. 2002;24:318-26 pubmed
    ..Efficient priorities in public environment accessibility matters and discussions with the actors involved require valid and reliable data on local accessibility problems. ..
  33. Verbrugge L, Juarez L. Profile of arthritis disability. Public Health Rep. 2001;116 Suppl 1:157-79 pubmed
    ..Accommodations for arthritis may also be extensive but aimed more toward self-care than toward assistive and medical services. ..
  34. Vierling L. Supreme Court decides important accessibility case. Case Manager. 2004;15:28-31 pubmed
  35. Popcheff G. The Americans with Disabilities Act: what you need to know. J Indiana Dent Assoc. 2007;86:20 pubmed
  36. Barr J, Giannotti T, Van Hoof T, Mongoven J, Curry M. Understanding barriers to participation in mammography by women with disabilities. Am J Health Promot. 2008;22:381-5 pubmed publisher
    ..Despite frequent use of health care and personal strategies to facilitate mammography screening, women with disabilities reported barriers to getting mammograms. Findings suggest a multifaceted approach to address these barriers. ..
  37. Rivano Fischer D. Wheelchair accessibility of public buildings in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Disabil Rehabil. 2004;26:1150-7 pubmed
    ..This study could be seen as an example of what happens when the modern urban environment evolves in a non regulated context, lacking legislation protecting and ensuring the accessibility for the wheelchair bound member of society. ..
  38. Kockelman K, Zhao Y, Blanchard Zimmerman C. Meeting the intent of ADA in sidewalk cross-slope design. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2001;38:101-10 pubmed
    ..However, larger sample sizes and a stronger recognition of the population of interest are necessary before definitive, legislated maxima can be ascertained. ..
  39. Lerner W, Betts H. Striving for equity. Americans With Disabilities Act still not fulfulling promises to the disabled. Mod Healthc. 2005;35:20 pubmed
  40. Merry A, Edwards D. Disability part 1: the disability discrimination act (1995)--implications for dentists. Br Dent J. 2002;193:199-201 pubmed
    ..In this paper, the first of a series of three, we outline the DDA and how it affects dentists in general practice. ..
  41. Brasil C, Costa A, Castañon J. Abandonment and accessibility in railway historical buildings: Central do Brasil and Leopoldina Railstation. Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:5431-3 pubmed publisher
    ..The difficulty of insertion of incentive policies is therefore not due to the commitment by the majority, making the deployment of new access. ..
  42. Cerezo V, Conche F. Risk assessment in ramps for heavy vehicles--A French study. Accid Anal Prev. 2016;91:183-9 pubmed publisher
    ..2%. An application of this research work concerns design methods and guidelines. Indeed, this study provides threshold values than can be used by engineers to make mandatory specific planning like a lane for slow vehicles. ..
  43. Andrews E, Kuemmel A, Williams J, Pilarski C, Dunn M, Lund E. Providing culturally competent supervision to trainees with disabilities in rehabilitation settings. Rehabil Psychol. 2013;58:233-44 pubmed publisher
    ..A summary of recommendations is provided for supervisors of trainees with disabilities. ..
  44. Felicetti T. Barriers to community access: it's about more than curb cuts. Case Manager. 2005;16:70-2 pubmed
  45. Stineman M, Xie D, Streim J, Pan Q, Kurichi J, Henry Sánchez J, et al. Home accessibility, living circumstances, stage of activity limitation, and nursing home use. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012;93:1609-16 pubmed publisher
    ..Accessibility of home environment, living circumstance, and ADL stage represent potentially modifiable targets for rehabilitation interventions for decreasing NH use in the aging U.S. population. ..
  46. Quintas R, Koutsogeorgou E, Raggi A, Bucciarelli P, Cerniauskaite M, Leonardi M. The selection of items for the preliminary version of the COURAGE in Europe built environment instrument. Maturitas. 2012;71:147-53 pubmed publisher
    ..The outcome of this selection and categorisation process was the creation of two lists of items, that are meant to measure the interaction between the built environment and aspects of health and disability in ageing. ..
  47. Hogan C. Changes in New York law broaden rights of disabled patients. N Y State Dent J. 2008;74:6-7 pubmed
  48. Siqueira F, Facchini L, da Silveira D, Piccini R, Thumé E, Tomasi E. [Architectonic barriers for elderly and physically disabled people: an epidemiological study of the physical structure of health service units in seven Brazilian states]. Cien Saude Colet. 2009;14:39-44 pubmed
  49. Iwarsson S, Horstmann V, Carlsson G, Oswald F, Wahl H. Person--environment fit predicts falls in older adults better than the consideration of environmental hazards only. Clin Rehabil. 2009;23:558-67 pubmed publisher
    ..The effectiveness of environmental interventions based on the notion of person-environment fit compared with traditional home hazard checklists remains to be tested. ..
  50. Kiser L, Zasler N. Residential design for real life rehabilitation. NeuroRehabilitation. 2009;25:219-27 pubmed publisher
    ..Resources for individuals involved in residential design for this special population are also provided to facilitate design decisions and implementation. ..
  51. Brett J. Complex needs: improving access to out-of-school activities. Paediatr Nurs. 2007;19:36-9 pubmed
    ..This can be seen as a good example of inter-agency collaboration in an effort to provide a needs-led, seamless service. ..
  52. Rossi M. Going the extra mile for patients with special needs. N Y State Dent J. 2006;72:6-7 pubmed
  53. Salzer M, Wick L, Rogers J. Familiarity with and use of accommodations and supports among postsecondary students with mental illnesses. Psychiatr Serv. 2008;59:370-5 pubmed publisher
    ..Supports that are most used and viewed as most helpful provide direction for service providers and campus personnel in their efforts to facilitate students' educational goals. ..