Showering habits: Time, steps, and products used after brain injury

Timothy A. Reistetter, Pei Fen J. Chang, Beatriz C. Abreu

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OBJECTIVE. This pilot study describes the showering habits of people with brain injury (Bl) compared with those of people without Bl (WBI). METHOD. The showering habits of 10 people with Bl and 10 people WBI were measured and compared. A videotaped session recorded and documented the shower routine. RESULTS. The Bl group spent longer time showering, used more steps, and used fewer products than the WBI group. A moderately significant relationship was found between time and age (r=.46, p=.041). Similarly, we found significant correlations between number of steps and number of products used (r=.64, p=.002) and between the number of products used and education (r=.47, p=.044). CONCLUSION. Results suggest that people with Bl have showering habits that differ from those WBI. Correlations, regardless of group, showed that older people showered longer, and people with more education used more showering products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-645
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Activities of daily living
  • Brain injuries
  • Habits
  • Self-care
  • Stroke
  • Task performance analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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