Does mobility performance of visually impaired adults improve immediately after orientation and mobility training?
Soong, Grace P., Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., & Brown, Brian (2001) Does mobility performance of visually impaired adults improve immediately after orientation and mobility training? Optometry and Vision Science, 78(9), pp. 657-666.
Background. Previous studies that have attempted to determine the effect of orientation and mobility training on mobility performance of visually impaired adults have had a number of limitations. With the inclusion of a control group of subjects, this study investigated the effect of orientation and mobility training on mobility performance of a group of visually impaired adults.
Methods. Vision was measured binocularly as high- and low-contrast visual acuity, letter and edge contrast sensitivity, and Humphrey kinetic visual fields. The subjects' mobility performance was assessed as percentage preferred walking speed (PPWS) and error score before and after mobility training.
Results. Orientation and mobility training did not enhance mobility performance compared with the control group, who did not receive training, when performance was measured immediately after training. PPWS improved for both groups with short-term practice only, but there was no improvement in error score due to either practice or training.
Conclusions. There was no immediate improvement in mobility performance of visually impaired adults after orientation and mobility training. Familiarity with the route may play an important role in measured improvement of mobility performance after orientation and mobility training.
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|Keywords:||mobility, mobility training, visually impaired|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins|
|Deposited On:||08 Dec 2006 00:00|
|Last Modified:||08 Jun 2010 15:51|
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