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Applicability of the wheelchair skills program to the indian context

Kirby, RL and Cooper, RA (2007) Applicability of the wheelchair skills program to the indian context. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29 (11-12). 969 - 972. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose. The objective of this study was to explore the applicability of the Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP) to the Indian context. Method. During a two-week period, we visited two clinical institutions and one manufacturing facility, in New Delhi, Jaipur and Kanpur, respectively. We met with local clinicians, held workshops and training sessions, and made qualitative observations. Results. The community obstacles observed in India were similar in nature to those in North America. However, obstacles appeared to be more prevalent and, in some cases, more extreme. Of the wheeled mobility devices that we observed in the community, arm-crank-propelled tricycles were most commonly seen. Of the hand-rim-propelled wheelchairs we observed, most were heavy and non-adjustable ('depot style'). Ground-level carts were also seen. We also encountered people who needed wheelchairs but did not have them. Conclusions. The WSP requires further development and implementation in India will address present challenges. However, this preliminary evaluation suggests that WSP training has potential to help the mobility and participation of wheelchair users in India.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kirby, RL
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 4 July 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume: 29
Number: 11-12
Page Range: 969 - 972
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09638280701240730
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-8288
MeSH Headings: Equipment Design; Humans; India; Needs Assessment; Patient Education as Topic; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 17577731
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 16:40
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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