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Development of a consumer-driven Wheelchair Seating Discomfort Assessment Tool (WcS-DAT)

Crane, BA and Holm, MB and Hobson, D and Cooper, RA and Reed, MP and Stadelmeier, S (2004) Development of a consumer-driven Wheelchair Seating Discomfort Assessment Tool (WcS-DAT). International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 27 (1). 85 - 90. ISSN 0342-5282

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This study examined the concept of seating discomfort in a population of full-time wheelchair users with intact sensation. The goal was to construct a tool that would quantify seating discomfort experienced by wheelchair users. Ten participants were interviewed using ethnographic interview techniques. Data were analyzed using a cross-classifying matrix to examine commonalities among the 10 participants' responses. There were 16 discomfort and 13 comfort descriptors used by the participants. Of these, eight discomfort and five comfort descriptors were selected to include in the Wheelchair Seating Discomfort Assessment Tool (WcS-DAT). The discomfort descriptors selected were: aches and pains, need to move, pressure points, feeling poorly positioned, unable to concentrate, instability, not comfortable, and feeling too hot, cold or damp. The comfort descriptors selected were: absence of discomfort, feeling good, having no pain, able to concentrate, and feeling stable. The WcS-DAT also includes general information, such as the amount of time spent sitting and whether the individual was transferred into the chair properly - factors thought to affect discomfort - and ratings of discomfort intensity - in general and differentiated by body area. The WcS-DAT is a comprehensive tool for quantification of wheelchair seat discomfort for this population. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Crane, BA
Holm, MB
Hobson, D
Reed, MP
Stadelmeier, S
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 March 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume: 27
Number: 1
Page Range: 85 - 90
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1097/00004356-200403000-00014
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0342-5282
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Disabled Persons; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Satisfaction; Questionnaires; Reproducibility of Results; Wheelchairs--psychology
PubMed ID: 15097177
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 21:48
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 22:55


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