Resources

AgrAbility works:

  • Both the Quality of Life (QOL) and the Independent Living and Working (ILW) levels of AgrAbility participants in 10 states improved (p < .001) (cf. Fetsch, Jackman, & Collins, 2018).
  • The QOL levels of a group of 225 AgrAbility participants in 12 states improved significantly as compared with a group of non-AgrAbility participants whose QOL levels did not change (cf. Fetsch & Turk, 2018).
  • In 12 states, a group of 196 AgrAbility participants’ QOL levels increased 28% as compared with a group of 97 non-AgrAbility participants’ QOL levels that decreased 4% (cf. Fetsch & Turk, 2018).
  • A group of 196 AgrAbility participants’ ILW levels increased 30% in 12 states as compared with a group of 97 non-AgrAbility participants whose ILW levels increased 8% (cf. Fetsch & Turk, 2018).
  • In 14 states, a group of 269 AgrAbility participants’ mental/behavioral health levels improved significantly (p < .001) as compared with no change in a no-treatment comparison group (n = 99) (cf. Fetsch & Collins, 2018).

References

Doctorate-Granting Institutions. (1998, August 28). The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, XLV(1), p. 42.

 

Published Articles

To read more about AgrAbility’s growing body of results, click on the following:

  • Fetsch, R. J., Jackman, D. M., & Collins, C. L. (2018). Assessing changes in quality of life and independent living and working levels among AgrAbility farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 11(2), 230-236. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.001
  • Fetsch, R. J., & Turk, P. (2018). A quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of USDA’s AgrAbility project. Disability and Health Journal, 11(2), 249-255. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.10.004
  • Fetsch, R. J., & Collins, C. L. (2018). The effects of AgrAbility on the mental/behavioral health of farmers and ranchers with functional limitations: A comparison study. Medical Research Archives, 6 (2). http://www.journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/article/view/1691/1762
  • Christen, C. T., & Fetsch, R. J. (2008). Colorado AgrAbility: Enhancing the effectiveness of outreach efforts targeting farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Journal of Applied Communications, 92(1&2), 1-12.
  • Fetsch, R. J., & Jackman, D. M. (2015, December). Colorado’s AgrAbility Project’s effects on KASA and practice changes with agricultural producers and professionals. Journal of Extension, 53(6), Article # 6FEA6. Available from http://www.joe.org/joe/2015december/a6.php.
  • Jackman, D. M., Fetsch, R. J., & Collins, C. L. (2016). Quality of life and independent living and working levels of farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 9, 226-233. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.09.002.
  • Meyer, R. H., & Fetsch, R. J. (2006). National AgrAbility Project impact on farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 12(4), 275-291.

If additional questions come to mind about our AgrAbility Quality of Life results, please email me at robert.fetsch@colostate.edu. Thank you.

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