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Mobility and mobility-related participation outcomes of powered wheelchair and scooter interventions after 4-months and 1-year use
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4863-5844
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Research and Development, Danish Centre for Assistive Technology, Aarhus, Denmark.
2012 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 211-218Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: The aim was to investigate outcomes of powered wheelchair and scooter interventions after 4-months and 1-year use regarding need for assistance when moving around, frequency of mobility-related participation, easiness/difficulty in mobility during participation, and number of participation aspects performed in everyday life.

METHOD: The study was a prospective cohort study, using an instrument focusing on mobility-related participation outcomes of mobility device interventions (NOMO 1.0), at baseline, after 4-months and 1-year use.

RESULTS: The results show that the outcomes in terms of participation frequency and easiness in mobility occur in a short time perspective, and that the effects remained stable at 1-year follow-up. The frequency of going for a walk increased most prominently (26%). Even though the majority of the participation aspects were not performed, more often they became easier to perform: 56-91% found that shopping, walking and visiting family/friends were easier. Moreover, independence outdoors and indoors increased.

CONCLUSIONS: This small study provides knowledge about the outcomes of powered wheelchairs and scooters in terms of mobility and mobility-related participation in real-life situations. The study supports results from former studies, but even so, larger studies are required in order to provide evidence for the effectiveness of powered wheelchairs and scooters. [Box: see text].

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Informa Healthcare, 2012. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 211-218
Keywords [en]
assistive devices, effect, electric wheelchairs, mobility devices, NOMO 1.0, occupational therapy, rehabilitation
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Other Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72232DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2011.619224PubMedID: 21980966Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859550173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-72232DiVA, id: diva2:1286544
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved

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