Measurement Reliability of Functional Tasks for Persons Who Self-Propel a Manual WheelchairBy May, Laura A., PhD; Butt, Carla; Minor, Linda; Kolbinson, Karen; Tulloch, Kathy; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 84, No. 4, pp. 578-583
Publication Date: April 2003
Study evaluating the reliability of four functional tasks relevant to wheelchair seating: (1) timed forward wheeling, (2) ramp ascent, (3) forward vertical reach distance, and (4) ramp descent. To determine test-retest reliability, the participants performed each task twice on the same day. Five experienced therapists independently scored each participant. Testing of all tasks was completed within forty-five minutes, allowing for rest periods. The ramp descent task was replaced with a one-stroke push distance task due to difficulties with the interpretation of the ordinal performance scale. The authors found that the final four functional tasks were practical, safe, and functional, and could be used for clinical evaluation of wheelchair seating.
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