Kersten, Paula, George, Steve, McLellan, Lindsay, Smith, Jennifer.A.E. and Mullee, Mark.A.
Met and unmet needs reported by severely disabled people in Southern England.
Disability and Rehabilitation, 22, (16), . (doi:10.1080/09638280050192016).
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Purpose : To examine the met and unmet needs for rehabilitation
of disabled people living in the community in Southern
Method: A cross sectional interview study of people with a
primary physical disability, aged 16± 65. Disabled people were
randomly selected from two existing disability registers, which
comprised disabled people who had been identified by
community rehabilitation services as being in need of regular
surveillance by formal assessment of their care needs. A new
semi-structured needs assessment questionnaire was developed and validated for the study (the Southampton Needs Assessment Questionnaire, SNAQ). Level of disability was
examined with the OPCS Disability and Severity Scales.
Results : Ninety three disabled people participated. Their
median (IQR) OPCS score was 8 (6± 10). Participants reported
a median (IQR) of three unmet needs (2± 7). The most prevalent
unmet needs were for adaptations, equipment, physiotherapy
and wheelchairs, rather than unmet needs for intellectual and
Conclusions : Disabled people who were already in touch with
community rehabilitation services continued to express unmet
needs for further services. Meeting the more basic needs
relating to people’s housing, equipment, physiotherapy and
wheelchairs may enable them to be more independent and
ful® lled in other areas of their lives.
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