Activities and participation in young adults with osteogenesis imperfecta

J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2011;4(1):13-22. doi: 10.3233/PRM-2011-0149.


The objective of this cross-sectional study was to compare the activities and participation in the domains of mobility, self-care, domestic life and social functioning in young adults according to osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) type. Fifty-four former OI patients were invited to participate and were sent a structured questionnaire. Twenty-four patients (mean age: 25.0 years, SD: 2.6 years) with OI types I (n=7), III (n=7), IV (n =8) and V (n=2) completed the questionnaire. Participants with OI type I reported full independence, and only few respondents with OI types IV and V reported some limitations in mobility and domestic life activities. Young adults with OI type III had significantly lower activity scores in aspects of mobility and domestic life and lower levels of participation in employment, sporting activities and transportation. Participation in leisure and social interactions were not different across OI types. Young adults with more severe types of osteogenesis imperfecta have greater activity limitations and participation restrictions. Our findings indicate the importance of promoting and facilitating involvement in meaningful activities and roles in young adults with moderate to severe forms of OI.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / epidemiology
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / physiopathology*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / psychology
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Prognosis
  • Quebec / epidemiology
  • Self Care
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult