Services, systems, and policies affecting mobility device users’ community mobility: A scoping review

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Abstract

Background.

Opportunities to travel from one place to another in the community, or community mobility, are especially important for mobility device users’ ability to participate fully in society. However, contextual challenges to such mobility exist.

Purpose.

This study summarizes the literature on existing community mobility barriers and facilitators of mobility device users created by services, systems, and policies as defined by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).

Method.

Arksey and O’Malley’s approach for scoping studies was used for the review. The extraction chart was organized following the ICF, and frequency counts were used to report the data.

Findings.

The findings suggest that certain factors, such as transportation, open-space planning, and architecture and construction, influence community mobility opportunities. However, little attention has been paid to services, systems, and policies in the research literature, limiting the knowledge on the subject.

Implications.

Further research is needed to examine the relationship between specific services, systems, and policies and mobility device users’ mobility within their communities.

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