Late life acquired dual-sensory impairment: a systematic review of its impact on everyday competence

TIWANA Rumandeep, BENBOW Susan Mary, KINGSTON Paul
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Visual Impairment, 34(3), 2016, pp.203-213.

The literature on the relationship between late acquired dual-sensory impairment (DSI) in older adults and the ability to remain independent is limited. A systematic search of the literature was conducted to assess the impact that late life acquired DSI in older adults has on their ability to remain independent within their homes. Exclusion and inclusion criteria were applied to the papers identified and eight qualified for inclusion in the review. Each selected paper was assessed using a quality rating scale. Country of origin, population studied, age, vision, and hearing criteria all varied between papers. They provide evidence that DSI affects everyday competence, and this effect is complicated by physical comorbidities, mental health, and social factors. (Publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
older people, deaf blindness, hearing impairment, visual impairment, independence;
Content type:
systematic review
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ISSN print:
0264 6196

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