Experiences of individuals with physical disabilities in natural disasters: an integrative review

Quail, Jennifer, Barker, Ruth, and West, Caryn (2018) Experiences of individuals with physical disabilities in natural disasters: an integrative review. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 33 (3). pp. 58-63.

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Abstract

People with physical disabilities are highly vulnerable during natural disasters. The interaction of individual, societal and environmental factors impact on their ability to prepare, evacuate and recover from disaster events. This paper provides a review of the current body of knowledge on the lived experiences of adults with a physical disability in natural disasters. Fifty-seven articles were identified in the primary research, with seven studies selected for review. The small body of research to date indicates that natural disasters present challenges to people with physical disabilities, and have significant negative impacts on their lives. However, there are a number of factors that enhance the resilience of people with physical disabilities. The aim of this integrative review as to describe the current body of knowledge on the lived experiences of adults with a physical disability in natural disasters and to identify gaps in the literature to inform future research.

Item ID: 54944
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-1540
Funders: James Cook University
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 02:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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