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Development and consumer validation of the Functional Evaluation in a Wheelchair (FEW) instrument

Mills, T and Holm, MB and Trefler, E and Schmeler, M and Fitzgerald, S and Boninger, M (2002) Development and consumer validation of the Functional Evaluation in a Wheelchair (FEW) instrument. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24 (1-3). 38 - 46. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: The purpose of the study is to develop an outcome measurement tool to investigate functional performance of consumers using seating and wheelchair systems as their primary seating and mobility device. The instrument is undergoing systematic development in three phases. The results of Phase 1 will be reported. Method: Manual and power wheelchair users were interviewed using a modified version of a client-centred outcome measure. An item bank was derived based on the interview data. Subjects were then asked to validate item categories of the new instrument, and finally to self-administer the first version of the instrument. Results: Subjects reported 154 self-care, productivity, and leisure occupational performance issues related to their current seating-mobility system. Based on their input, 10 categories (i.e. transfers, reach, accessing task surfaces, transportation-portability, human-machine interface, architectural barriers, transportation-accessibility, transportation-securement, natural barriers and accessories) were validated for inclusion in the new outcome measure, Functional Evaluation in a Wheelchair (FEW). Conclusion: The items on the FEW focus on the interaction between the consumer, the technology, and the milieu. Consumers viewed the overall importance of FEW categories for seating-mobility system users differently than when they self-administered the FEW.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mills, T
Holm, MB
Trefler, E
Schmeler, Mschmeler@pitt.eduSCHMELER0000-0001-8173-5452
Fitzgerald, S
Boninger, Mboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 10 January 2002
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume: 24
Number: 1-3
Page Range: 38 - 46
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09638280110066334
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-8288
MeSH Headings: Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Architectural Accessibility; Disabled Persons; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Questionnaires; Task Performance and Analysis; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 11827153
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 21:14
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 15:55


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