Using concept mapping to design an integrated framework for mobility for older adults
Mobility, broadly defined as movement in all of its forms from ambulation to transportation, is critical to optimal aging. We present a new conceptual framework for mobility among community-dwelling older adults to help promote an integrated perspective and multidisciplinary research and practice response. Concept mapping engages stakeholders in identifying and organizing ideas on a relevant topic using multi-dimensional scaling and cluster analysis to create visual maps of relationships among ideas. In the first phase, a steering committee composed of members from CDC's Healthy Aging Research Network, along with other national partners, generated the specific focus prompt, One specific action that can lead to positive change in mobility for older adults in the U.S. is
More than 200 stakeholders, representing diverse perspectives and disciplines, were asked to generate ideas in response to the prompt. In the second phase, 211 stakeholders rated the items along two dimensions (response rates: impact 40%, achievability 34%) to help identify priorities, and a subset of 50 stakeholders were invited to sort items (60% response rate) to construct the concept maps. In the final phase, action items were refined and a final concept map framework evolved with the following clusters: built environment and safety, transportation, policy, housing and accessibility, community supports, training, research to practice, independence, and coordinated action. Members of the Network then met to rank priorities for future action for each cluster. This multidisciplinary project resulted in a mobility framework that can be implemented as a coordinated response across public health and aging organizations.
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Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Explain one of the benefits of using concept mapping
Identify at least one of the themes from the new mobility framework for older adults
Keyword(s): Aging, Chemical Analyses
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Healthy Aging Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. I lead the concept mapping effort from CDC.
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