Recording Manual Wheelchair Usage Patterns in Community Settings: A Pilot StudyBy Kelleher, Annmarie R., MS, OTR/L, ATP; Fitzgerald, Shirley G., PhD; Tolerico, Michelle L., MS; Cooper, Rory A., PhD; RESNA 29th International Annual Conference 2006,
Publication Date: 2006
Longitudinal study conducted over three months to collect pilot wheelchair usage data via datalogger from 11 people who lived in the community and used manual wheelchairs. The study was conducted in order to identify usage patterns and create methods of standardized testing and guidelines for wheelchair selection. The results indicated that the average person using an ultralight manual wheelchair traveled 2,044.62 to 3,009.83 meters at a mean speed of .15 to .75 meters per second each day over the three month time period. This research was conducted at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)