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Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury

Cooper, RA and Boninger, ML and Cooper, R and Fitzgerald, SG and Kellerher, A (2004) Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 19 (2). 161 - 170. ISSN 1053-8135

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Abstract

The INDEPENDENCE™ 3000 IBOT™ Transporter (IBOT™) is an electronically stabilizing device for people with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to collect qualitative data on the potential for the IBOT™ to improve employment satisfaction of veterans who use wheelchairs to work. This study was based upon observations by trained clinicians, and responses to a survey completed by four men with traumatic spinal cord injury, who worked in an office environment. The mean age of the subjects was 52 ± 8.8 years. The subjects used the devices to hold eye-level discussions with colleagues, climb stairs, ascend steep ramps, and negotiate curbs. When subjects were asked to rate the ease of getting around in the IBOT™ compared to their personal wheelchairs, they responded with a mean of 6.7 ± 1.8 on a 10-point visual analog scale. The response to rating the overall function of the IBOTTM within their working environment yielded a rating of 6.0 ± 2.8. Half of the users felt that the IBOT™ would help them at work and all thought it should be made available to veterans who use wheelchairs. A larger study should be conducted to determine if the IBOT™ affects work performance and the ability to return to work.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cooper, RARCOOPER@pitt.eduRCOOPER
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Fitzgerald, SG
Kellerher, A
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 2 July 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: NeuroRehabilitation
Volume: 19
Number: 2
Page Range: 161 - 170
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1053-8135
MeSH Headings: Employment; Equipment Design; Humans; Locomotion; Male; Middle Aged; Paraplegia--etiology; Paraplegia--rehabilitation; Patient Satisfaction; Pilot Projects; Quadriplegia--etiology; Quadriplegia--rehabilitation; Spinal Cord Injuries--complications; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 15201475
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 18:57
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 12:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15630

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