Establishing User Needs for a Stability Assessment Tool to Guide Wheelchair Prescription


Moody, L. , Evans, J. , Fielden, S. , Heelis, M. , Dryer, P. , Shapcott, N. , Magee, P. and Stefanov, D. (2015) Establishing User Needs for a Stability Assessment Tool to Guide Wheelchair Prescription. Disability and Rehabilitation, volume In press


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Purpose The WheelSense project aims to develop a system for assessing the stability and performance of wheelchairs through a user-centred design process. This study sought to capture user needs and define the specification for the system. Method A mixed methods approach was adopted. An online survey was completed by 98 participants working in wheelchair provision. The results were built upon through 10 semistructured interviews and one focus group (n=5) with professionals working in wheelchair provision in three NHS Trusts in the UK. Results The results provided a picture of the current UK practise in stability testing. Issues with the reliability and usefulness of the existing methods used to assess the stability and performance of wheelchairs were highlighted. Requirements for a new system were ascertained. These included improved accuracy of tipping angles, features to support record keeping, improved patient/carer education support and ability to model or predict user-wheelchair system performance in different configurations. Conclusions The paper concludes that there is a need for improved tools to determine the stability of the user-wheelchair system and support the prescription process, to ensure patient safety and optimum equipment performance. A list of requirements has been produced to guide the future development of WheelSense.



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Item TypeArticle
TitleEstablishing User Needs for a Stability Assessment Tool to Guide Wheelchair Prescription
Authors Moody, L. (profile-link for )
Evans, J.
Fielden, S.
Heelis, M.
Dryer, P.
Shapcott, N.
Magee, P. (profile-link for ) http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-1026
Stefanov, D.
Uncontrolled KeywordsWheelchair stability, wheelchair prescription, stability testing, user-centred design
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR)
Art and Design/Industrial Design
Centre for Mobility and Transport (MT)
Art and Design
University
Additional InformationThis article is in press. Full citation details will be given when available.
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ISSN0963-8288, ESSN: 1464-5165
DOI10.3109/17483107.2015.1063019
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Deposited on 18-May-2015 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 19-Sep-2016

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