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Issues in maintenance and repairs of wheelchairs: A pilot study

Fitzgerald, SG and Collins, DM and Cooper, RA and Tolerico, M and Kelleher, A and Hunt, P and Martin, S and Impink, B and Cooper, R (2005) Issues in maintenance and repairs of wheelchairs: A pilot study. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 42 (6). 853 - 862. ISSN 0748-7711

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In this pilot study, we assessed wheelchair durability and its effect on user satisfaction. Specifically, we examined the characteristics of the participants' wheelchairs, the types of maintenance and repairs completed, and whether the participants' satisfaction was affected by problems with their wheelchairs. A convenience sample of 130 participants who used wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility was recruited. Participants completed a questionnaire about their wheelchairs, the maintenance and repair history, and their satisfaction levels. Results showed that 26% of the participants had completed a wheelchair repair in the past 6 months, 16% had completed general maintenance, and 27% had completed tire repairs. Neither hours of wheelchair use nor wheelchair age affected repair or maintenance frequency. Participants were generally satisfied with their wheelchairs. Better understanding of wheelchair maintenance and repair issues will guide improvements in wheelchair design and enhance the community participation of individuals who use wheelchairs.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Fitzgerald, SG
Collins, DM
Tolerico, M
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Hunt, P
Martin, S
Impink, B
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 November 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 42
Number: 6
Page Range: 853 - 862
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2004.10.0130
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Adult; Consumer Product Safety; Equipment Design; Equipment Failure; Female; Humans; Maintenance; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Satisfaction--statistics & numerical data; Pilot Projects; Probability; Questionnaires; Wheelchairs--standards
PubMed ID: 16680622
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 17:49
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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