Introduction/Rationale: People with severe and profound physical and intellectual disability experience limited opportunities to engage in meaningful activities. Multi-sensory environments have proven beneﬁcial for other populations in providing meaningful activity thus decreasing occupational deprivation and potentially promoting quality of life. Objectives: This research explores the current literature surrounding the use of multi-sensory programs for people with profound intellectual and physical disability. Method or approach: As part of this larger project a systematic review is being undertaken that explores the levels of evidence regarding the effectiveness of multi-sensory environments for people with profound physical and intellectual disability. A population, Intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) search strategy was used, including keywords such as ‘profound disability’ OR ‘severe disability’ AND ‘multi-sensory’ OR ‘snoezelen’. Databases used included PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Google Scholar, EBSCO, ProQuest and Web of Science. Results: At present little is known about the effectiveness of multi-sensory environments for people with profound intellectual or physical disability. Results of the systematic review will be presented. Conclusion: This systematic review will help determine the level of evidence around this topic and provide recommendations for further research.
26th Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) National Conference and Exhibition: Changes, Challenges, Choices, Melbourne, Australia 1-3 July 2015
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