Active Lifestyle and Mobility of Adults with Vision Impairment: A Multiphase Mixed-Methods Study

Deborah Barasche-Berdah*, Ora Paltiel, Raanan Raz

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Abstract

Individuals with vision impairment (VI) are less physically active than their sighted peers, heightening their risk of chronic illness. This study aimed to explore real and perceived barriers and promoters of an active lifestyle among adults with VI. We used mixed-methods, including a quantitative analysis of spatial data and a qualitative analysis of input from focus groups. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, graphical and thematic analysis. The spatial analysis highlighted frequent impediments, including high proportions of inaccessible crosswalks and stairs, a high density of obstacles (12/km) and almost inexistent guidance markings (0.1/km). Factors influencing active lifestyle of individuals with VI reported in the focus groups included: VI severity and self-confidence; accessibility of the physical environment as well as support and consideration of the society; use of behavioral strategies, striving for good health and willpower. Combined psychosocial, behavioral and infrastructural modifications could enhance active lifestyles among adults with VI. Consideration of the needs of individuals with VI is critical among environmental planners. Sustainable solutions for improving accessibility and mobility in the city for individuals with VI will influence not only their social integration but will enable them to adopt an active lifestyle and reduce their risk of chronic illness.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number6839
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume20
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2023

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Keywords

  • active lifestyle
  • health disparities
  • qualitative methods
  • spatial data
  • vision impairment

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