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Comparison of mobility device delivery within Department of Veterans Affairs for individuals with multiple sclerosis versus spinal cord injury

Ambrosio, F and Boninger, ML and Fitzgerald, SG and Hubbard, SL and Schwid, SR and Cooper, RA (2007) Comparison of mobility device delivery within Department of Veterans Affairs for individuals with multiple sclerosis versus spinal cord injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 44 (5). 693 - 702. ISSN 0748-7711

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Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) report decreased satisfaction with their mobility devices compared with individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). This study (1) investigated the demographic differences between veterans with MS (V-MS) and veterans with SCI (V-SCI) who were issued a wheelchair by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and (2) described differences in mobility device prescription. We merged two VHA databases to obtain demographic and wheelchair information for all V-MS and V-SCI in 2000 and 2001. Descriptive information for issued wheelchairs was available for 2,154 V-MS and V-SCI. We found that V-MS were significantly less likely to receive higher quality wheelchairs (manual or power) compared with V-SCI (p < 0.001). The disparity in VHA wheelchair prescription between these two groups indicates a need for further research regarding the assistive device prescription process in these populations.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ambrosio, Ffaa7@pitt.eduFAA7
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Fitzgerald, SG
Hubbard, SL
Schwid, SR
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 44
Number: 5
Page Range: 693 - 702
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2006.02.0016
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Consumer Satisfaction; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Multiple Sclerosis--rehabilitation; Prescriptions--statistics & numerical data; Retrospective Studies; Self-Help Devices--supply & distribution; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; United States; United States Department of Veterans Affairs--utilization; Veterans; Young Adult
PubMed ID: 17943681
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 21:00
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 11:55


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