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Impact of the Assistive Technology Professional Involvement in the Provision of Mobility Assistive Equipment

Yang, Anthony (2019) Impact of the Assistive Technology Professional Involvement in the Provision of Mobility Assistive Equipment. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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People with disabilities who have functional mobility limitations often rely on mobility assistive equipment (MAE) to perform Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs). If an individual is not appropriately evaluated for Mobility Assistive Equipment to address current and prepare for future needs, negative outcomes are to be expected. The purpose of this study was to investigate differences between if an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) was involved in the provision of MAE or if there was no ATP. The variables compared were based on demographics, current primary MAE, and baseline FMA scores. The data being analyzed was received through a pre-existing registry, with a population size of 2085 whereby 1123 met the inclusion criteria. If an ATP was involved, the individual using the MAE was more likely to have lived with their medical condition longer and use the MAE longer. The data shows that elderly females were more likely to not have an ATP, however a post hoc analysis determined that this result was more related to diagnosis than ATP involvement. Individuals who had an ATP were being provided with better quality MAE, being Group 3 power wheelchairs and ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs compared to other wheelchairs, cane, crutches, or walkers if there was not an ATP involved. Baseline FMA scores suggest that having an ATP involved in the provision of MAE results in higher satisfaction scores than not having an ATP. Overall, this study provides evidence that an ATP has a positive impact on MAE provision by providing better quality MAE that is more durable and leads to higher self-reported satisfaction ratings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yang, Anthonyayng400@gmail.comany44
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchmeler, Markschmeler@pitt.eduschmeler
Committee MemberSchein, Richardrichard.schein@pitt.edurichard.schein
Committee MemberSaptono, Andians38@pitt.eduans38
Date: 4 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2019
Approval Date: 4 June 2019
Submission Date: 24 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assistive Technology Professional, ATP
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 19:23
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 19:23


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