Measurement of selected domains in people with physical disabilities

Jan Neugebauer, Valérie Tóthová, Jitka Doležalová
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Emergency Care, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Jan Neugebauer (

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:12. 5. 2021
Accepted: 3. 11. 2021
Published online: 31. 12. 2021


Introduction: Physical disabilities include a lot of impairments. In clinical practice, nurses use measurement tools only if they must. In people with physical disabilities, there are many other needs that must be monitored. The risk of pressure ulcers, the risk of falls, level of independence or selfcare, and many other domains can improve the health condition and avoid the development of complications.

Methods: This study is designed as a quantitative cross-sectional study. A non-standardized questionnaire was used to collect data from healthcare facilities. All data were collected in 2019 and statistically evaluated in the SASD and SPSS programs. We collected 1,200 question­naires from all over the Czech Republic.

Results: Nurses very often measure the risk of falls and the risk of pressure ulcers. They also measure the level of self-care, mobility, activity, motivation, and education. Nurses who assess this domain do not continue to work with the results. Nurses who do not provide the evaluation in these domains think it is unnecessary.

Discussion and conclusions: People with physical disabilities have a different hierarchy of their specific needs. Nurses should assess the actual problems and create a specific preventive plan to avoid the development of complications. Our results, show that there are two types of nurses. The first group uses the assessment scales and provide the measurement for many reasons. The second group does not use any assessment scales or provide any measurement because they think it is unnecessary.

Keywords: Healthcare facilities; Measurement; Nursing; Physical disabilities


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