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How many people would benefit from a smart wheelchair?

Simpson, RC and LoPresti, EF and Cooper, RA (2008) How many people would benefit from a smart wheelchair? Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45 (1). 53 - 72. ISSN 0748-7711

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Independent mobility is important, but some wheelchair users find operating existing manual or powered wheelchairs difficult or impossible. Challenges to safe, independent wheelchair use can result from various overlapping physical, perceptual, or cognitive symptoms of diagnoses such as spinal cord injury, cerebrovascular accident, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Persons with different symptom combinations can benefit from different types of assistance from a smart wheelchair and different wheelchair form factors. The sizes of these user populations have been estimated based on published estimates of the number of individuals with each of several diseases who (1) also need a wheeled mobility device and (2) have specific symptoms that could interfere with mobility device use.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Simpson, RC
LoPresti, EF
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Page Range: 53 - 72
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1682/jrrd.2007.01.0015
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0748-7711
MeSH Headings: Disabled Persons; Electric Power Supplies; Equipment Design; Equipment Safety; Expert Systems; Human Engineering; Humans; Man-Machine Systems; Robotics; User-Computer Interface; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 18566926
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 18:34
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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