Pediatric Powered Mobility: Preliminary Results of a National Survey of ProvidersBy Furumasu, Jan; Tefft, Donita; Guerette, Paula; Proceedings of the RESNA 25th International Conference, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 216-218
Publication Date: June/July 2002
Paper discussing a national survey of pediatric powered mobility. The survey had five main objectives: (1) to gather background data on individuals providing evaluation and recommendation services and the demographics of their service delivery practices, (2) to determine the frequency with which young children receive evaluations for powered mobility, (3) to identify the most common reasons for not recommending a powered wheelchair, and the reasons why a child who is recommended a powered wheelchair does not receive one, (4) to gather information regarding the current practices/models used to evaluate a child for powered mobility and typical recommendations for children who are not recommended powered mobility, and (5) to obtain baseline data regarding the efficacy of these practices and the impact of powered mobility on the child. Preliminary results are discussed. The findings indicate that individuals who provide pediatric powered mobility services do have access to powered wheelchairs. Some providers, however, have reported that they have difficulty in keeping the wheelchairs for extended practice periods.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14523