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Equine-assisted intervention to improve perceived value of everyday occupations and quality of life in people with lifelong neurological disorders. A prospective controlled study

Palsdottir, Anna Maria and Gudmundsson, Marie and Grahn, Patrik (2020). Equine-assisted intervention to improve perceived value of everyday occupations and quality of life in people with lifelong neurological disorders. A prospective controlled study. International journal of environmental research and public health. 17 , 1-22
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Abstract

People with neurological disorders suffer from poor mobility, poor balance, fatigue,isolation and monotonous everyday activities. Studies show that equine-assisted interventions can improve their mobility and balance, but could these kinds of interventions also increase participants' activity repertoire and self-assessed health, and reduce their fatigue? The study was conducted as a prospective, controlled study with three cohorts followed for one year: intervention group (n=14), control group Passive (n=29), and control group Active (n=147). Participants in the study were affected by neurological disease or injury that limited their opportunities for an active everyday life. The intervention group lacked regular activities outside the home before the intervention, which consisted of riding once a week, led by a certified therapist. Control group Passive lacked regular activities outside the home, while control group Active had several activities outside the home per week. Primary outcome measures were activity repertoire measured with Occupational Value Assessment questionnaire. Secondary outcome measures were global self-assessed health measured with EuroQol-VAS and fatigue measured with Shirom-Melamed Burnout Questionnaire. The intervention group’s activity repertoire and self-assessed health increased significantly compared to both baseline and the control groups. Equine-assisted interventions could help to improve the perceived value of everyday occupations and quality of life, as well as break isolation and increase the activity repertoire of people with neurological disorders.

Authors/Creators:Palsdottir, Anna Maria and Gudmundsson, Marie and Grahn, Patrik
Title:Equine-assisted intervention to improve perceived value of everyday occupations and quality of life in people with lifelong neurological disorders. A prospective controlled study
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:17
Page range:1-22
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Occupational Therapy
Keywords:equine-assisted therapy, animal assisted interventions, stroke, cerebral palsy, MS, disability, quality of life, occupational value, neurorehabilitation, horseback riding
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105037
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105037
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DOI10.3390/ijerph17072431
ID Code:16840
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:04 May 2020 12:04
Metadata Last Modified:04 May 2020 12:04

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