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Demographic profile of older adults using wheeled mobility devices

Karmarkar, AM and Dicianno, BE and Cooper, R and Collins, DM and Matthews, JT and Koontz, A and Teodorski, EE and Cooper, RA (2011) Demographic profile of older adults using wheeled mobility devices. Journal of Aging Research, 2011. ISSN 2090-2204

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of wheeled mobility devices differed with respect to age, gender, residential setting, and health-related factors among older adults. A total of 723 adults ageing 60 and older are representing three cohorts, from nursing homes, the Center for Assistive Technology, and the wheelchair registry from the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. Wheeled mobility devices were classified into three main groups: manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and scooters. Our results found factors including age, gender, diagnosis, and living settings to be associated with differences in use of manual versus powered mobility devices. Differences in use were also noted for subtypes of manual (depot, standard, and customized) and powered (scooter, standard, and customized) mobility devices, on demographic, living arrangements, and health-related factors. Consideration of demographic, health-related, and environmental factors during the prescription process may help clinicians identify the most appropriate mobility device for the user. Copyright © 2011 Amol M. Karmarkar et al.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Karmarkar, AM
Dicianno, BEdicianno@pitt.eduDICIANNO0000-0003-0738-0192
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Collins, DM
Matthews, JTjtmatt@pitt.eduJTMATT
Koontz, Aakoontz@pitt.eduAKOONTZ
Teodorski, EE
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aging Research
Volume: 2011
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.4061/2011/560358
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2090-2204
Other ID: NLM PMC3124894
PubMed Central ID: PMC3124894
PubMed ID: 21748007
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 18:46
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:56


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