Systematic Review

Previous research conducted in community settings among people with disabilities suggests multiple points of intervention, or facets, that could be addressed to achieve intended outcomes. To inform our research we conducted a systematic review of published research studies to identify multifaceted interventions that are effective in facilitating increased community participation for adults with disabilities. The review team, guided by the person-environment fit model shown below, examined the effects of interventions that address two or more participant characteristics (e.g., social skills) and/or environmental characteristics (e.g., access to transportation) on community participation outcomes (e.g., employment) for adults with disabilities. Results inform researchers and policymakers about current gaps in the research knowledge base. Findings also may help health and social work practitioners to understand and apply multifaceted interventions that support adults with disabilities.

The Person-Environment Fit Model. A Venn Diagram. The left-hand, blue circle includes the personal characteristics of self determination and secondary health conditions. The right-hand, pink circle includes the environmental factors of home usability, social networking, and community barriers. The intersection of these circles, in purple, is the domain of community participation.
Person-Environment Fit Model



Read: Multifaceted Interventions for Improved Community Participation Among Adults with Disabilities (Campbell Collaboration)

Watch: Multifaceted Interventions for Supporting Community Participation Among Adults with Disabilities: A Systematic Review (Webcast via KTDRR)

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