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The relationship between wheelchair mobility patterns and community participation among individuals with spinal cord injury

Cooper, RA and Ferretti, E and Oyster, M and Kelleher, A and Cooper, R (2011) The relationship between wheelchair mobility patterns and community participation among individuals with spinal cord injury. Assistive Technology, 23 (3). 177 - 183. ISSN 1040-0435

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Abstract

Participation is considered the most meaningful outcome of rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there were correlations between wheelchair activity recorded with a data logger and community participation as measured by the Participation Survey/Mobility. Data from 16 participants were included in this study. Data collected during a two week period using a data logging device were analyzed to determine the mobility characteristics of participants. Among manual wheelchair users, significant positive correlations were found between average speed traveled and the community participation content areas of transportation (r =.837, p =.019) and socialization (r =.772, p =.042). In addition, for manual wheelchair users there was a trend toward a significant correlation between average speed traveled and total community participation score (r =.714, p =.071). Among power wheelchair users, there was a trend toward a significant negative correlation between average speed traveled and the community participation content area of leisure activity (r = -.635, p =.066). Understanding the relationship between wheelchair speed and community participation can be useful information to enable clinicians to recommend the most appropriate mobility devices designed to enhance community participation. Copyright © 2011 RESNA. s s s s


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cooper, RARCOOPER@pitt.eduRCOOPER
Ferretti, E
Oyster, M
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 September 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Assistive Technology
Volume: 23
Number: 3
Page Range: 177 - 183
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10400435.2011.588991
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1040-0435
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 22:14
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 11:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17125

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