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The development of a nationwide registry of wheelchair users

Fitzgerald, SG and Kelleher, A and Teodorski, E and Collins, DM and Boninger, M and Cooper, RA (2007) The development of a nationwide registry of wheelchair users. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 2 (6). 358 - 365. ISSN 1748-3107

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This paper provides an overview of the development of a wheelchair users registry and subsequently describes a population of individuals who use wheelchairs. The characteristics of Americans who permanently use wheelchairs and scooters are currently unknown. As the result of developing a Registry of individuals who use wheeled mobility devices for systematic recruitment for research studies, this study provides a description of a nationwide sample of over 1000 individuals who used wheelchairs or scooters for their daily mobility. The Registry is predominantly Caucasian (83%), 63% male, with a mean age of 50 years. Some 54% used manual wheelchairs for an average of 16 years. When quality of wheelchairs was compared, results indicated those in more customizable manual wheelchairs were significantly more likely to be younger. Males were significantly more likely to receive more customizable, heavy duty power wheelchairs than females. The Wheelchair Users Registry provides an organized and systematic way to maintain contact with previous research participants. Expected to grow in size, the Registry may enable an even more diverse pool of subjects interested in participating in research studies. © 2007 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Fitzgerald, SG
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Teodorski, E
Collins, DM
Boninger, Mboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER0000-0001-6966-919X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume: 2
Number: 6
Page Range: 358 - 365
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/17483100701745752
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1748-3107
MeSH Headings: Analysis of Variance; Demography; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Registries; Wheelchairs--statistics & numerical data; Wheelchairs--utilization
PubMed ID: 19263566
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 18:21
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 14:55


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