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Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation

Cooper, RA and Boninger, ML and Spaeth, DM and Ding, D and Guo, S and Koontz, AM and Fitzgerald, SG and Cooper, R and Kelleher, A and Collins, DM (2006) Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 14 (4). 438 - 455. ISSN 1534-4320

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With about 2.2 million Americans currently using wheeled mobility devices, wheelchairs are frequently provided to people with impaired mobility to provide accessibility to the community. Individuals with spinal cord injuries, arthritis, balance disorders, and other conditions or diseases are typical users of wheelchairs. However, secondary injuries and wheelchair-related accidents are risks introduced by wheelchairs. Research is underway to advance wheelchair design to prevent or accommodate secondary injuries related to propulsion and transfer biomechanics, while improving safe, functional performance and accessibility to the community. This paper summarizes research and development underway aimed at enhancing safety and optimizing wheelchair design. © 2006 IEEE.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER0000-0001-6966-919X
Spaeth, DM
Ding, Ddad5@pitt.eduDAD5
Guo, S
Koontz, AMakoontz@pitt.eduAKOONTZ
Fitzgerald, SG
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Collins, DM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Volume: 14
Number: 4
Page Range: 438 - 455
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/tnsre.2006.888382
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1534-4320
MeSH Headings: Activities of Daily Living; Biomechanics--methods; Biomechanics--trends; Biomedical Engineering--methods; Biomedical Engineering--trends; Equipment Design; Equipment Failure Analysis; Human Engineering--methods; Humans; Man-Machine Systems; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 17190036
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 14:03
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 14:55


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