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The effect of powered scooters on activity, participation and quality of life in elderly users
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3437-0590
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4247-2236
2016 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 11, no 7, p. 558-563Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The aim was to explore the effect of using a powered mobility device (PMD) on older peoples’ activity, participation and quality of life (QoL).

Method: A pre- and post-intervention design with outcome measures for activity, participation (Individually Prioritized Problem Assessment, IPPA; World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule, WHODAS 2.0) and QoL (SF-36) were used. T-test was used to analyse the data. The magnitude of the effects was measured by Cohen’s criteria for effect sizes (d).

Results: The sample consisted of 45 individuals (36 men) aged 66–88 years referred for prescription of a PMD. All were prescribed a powered scooter (PS). A statistically significant improvement with a large effect on IPPA in the ICF domains of Self-care (d¼2.47), Domestic life (d¼2.40), Interpersonal interactions and relationships (d¼2.08), and Community, social, and civic life (d¼2.36) was found. Medium-sized improvement on the WHODAS 2.0 domain of Participation and small improvements in the SF-36 domains of Physical Health and Role-Physical were also found.

Conclusion: A PS has significant effects on the areas of activity, participation and QoL in elderly people. These findings have implications for prescriptions of a PS to this population.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 11, no 7, p. 558-563
Keywords [en]
Aged, assistive technology, ICF, mobility, limitation, powered mobility devices
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40304DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2015.1027301ISI: 000386460300003PubMedID: 25799878Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84984620299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-40304DiVA, id: diva2:776930
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2018-07-09Bibliographically approved

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