Lee, Song Yi, Jung Ah Lee, Hee Jung Chung, Hyun-Jin Kim, Yu Cheon Kim, & Hogene Kim (2021, April). Subjective Perception of Individuals with Physical Disabilities Regarding Exercise Equipment Use. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 58(3), 1-9. (doi: 10.1177/00469580211010429) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/00469580211010429) (Open Access: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00469580211010429)

Abstract: Rehabilitation exercise is effective for improving the health of persons with physical disabilities. However, there are limited studies on their perception of exercise equipment use. The purpose of this study was to investigate the subjectivity to understand the types of perceptions of individuals with physical disabilities regarding the use of exercise equipment in South Korea. This study used Q-methodology. A literature review and focus group interviews with individuals with physical disabilities were conducted to construct Q-population. Q-statements were selected from the Q-population, after which Q-sorting was executed by P-sample. The results indicated 4 perception types: (1) “Independent user,” (2) “Practical user,” (3) “Motivational user,” and (4) “Convenience user.” Recommendations were provided for developing exercise equipment for use by individuals with physical disabilities. This study revealed 4 perception categories and the findings have strong potential to contribute to the development of proper services and the effective utilization of exercise equipment for individuals with physical disabilities.

Hogene Kim <hogenekim@korea.kr> is in the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation Research, National Rehabilitation Center, Seoul, South Korea.

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