When Walking Fails: Mobility Problems of Adults with Chronic Conditions / Edition 1

When Walking Fails: Mobility Problems of Adults with Chronic Conditions / Edition 1

by Lisa Iezzoni
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520238192

ISBN-13: 9780520238190

Pub. Date: 06/10/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Roughly one in ten adult Americans find their walking slowed by progressive chronic conditions like arthritis, back problems, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. In this passionate and deeply informed book, Lisa I. Iezzoni describes the personal experiences of and societal responses to adults whose mobility makes it difficult for them to live as they wish--partly…  See more details below

Overview

Roughly one in ten adult Americans find their walking slowed by progressive chronic conditions like arthritis, back problems, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. In this passionate and deeply informed book, Lisa I. Iezzoni describes the personal experiences of and societal responses to adults whose mobility makes it difficult for them to live as they wish--partly because of physical and emotional conditions and partly because of persisting societal and environmental barriers.
Basing her conclusions on personal experience, a wealth of survey data, and extensive interviews with dozens of people from a wide social spectrum, Iezzoni explains who has mobility problems and why; how mobility difficulties affect people's physical comfort, attitudes, daily activities, and relationships with family and friends throughout their communities; strategies for improving mobility; and how the health care system addresses mobility difficulties, providing and financing services and assistive technologies.
Iezzoni claims that, although strategies exist to improve mobility, many people do not know where to turn for advice. She addresses the need to inform policymakers about areas where changes will better accommodate people with difficulty walking. This straightforward and engaging narrative clearly demonstrates that improving people's ability to move freely and independently will enhance overall health and quality of life, not only for these persons, but also for society as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238190
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/10/2003
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series, #8
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
1Mobility Limits1
2Who has Mobility Difficulties10
3Sensations of Walking23
4Society's Views of Walking47
5How People Feel About their Difficulty Walking66
6At Home - with Family and Friends83
7Outside Home - at Work and in Communities105
8People Talking to their Physicians127
9Physicians Talking to their Patients142
10Physical and Occupational Therapy and Other Approaches163
11Ambulation Aids181
12Wheeled Mobility197
13Who will Pay?223
14What will be Paid for?239
15Final Thoughts260
App. 1: Familiar Interviewees273
App. 2: Selected Resources281
Notes297
References319
Index335

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