Young people's experiences using electric powered indoor - outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs): potential for enhancing users' development?

Evans, Subhadra, Neophytou, Claudius, de Souza, Lorraine and Frank, Andrew O. 2007, Young people's experiences using electric powered indoor - outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs): potential for enhancing users' development?, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 29, no. 16, pp. 1281-1294, doi: 10.1080/09638280600964406.

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Title Young people's experiences using electric powered indoor - outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs): potential for enhancing users' development?
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Neophytou, Claudius
de Souza, Lorraine
Frank, Andrew O.
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 29
Issue number 16
Start page 1281
End page 1294
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2007-08-30
ISSN 0963-8288
Keyword(s) Activities of Daily Living
Disabled Children
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure
Equipment Safety
Patient Satisfaction
State Medicine
Surveys and Questionnaires
United Kingdom
Summary PURPOSE: To examine the experiences of severely physically disabled young people who use electric powered indoor - outdoor chairs (EPIOCs). METHODS: A priori interview questions examined young people's functioning with EPIOCs, pain and discomfort with EPIOC use and accidents or injuries resulting from EPIOC use. Eighteen young people (13 males and five females) aged 10 - 18 (mean 15) years were interviewed by telephone using a qualitative framework approach. Participants were interviewed 10 - 19 (mean 14.5) months after delivery of the chair. Diagnoses included muscular dystrophy (n = 10), cerebral palsy (n = 5), and 'other' (n = 3). RESULTS: Many children reported positive functioning following EPIOC use, including increased independence and social activities like wheelchair football. However, EPIOC use was also associated with pain and discomfort, as well as perceived lack of safety, and minor accidents. Most young people and their families were fairly satisfied with the service and provision of their wheelchairs. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that the development of disabled young people may benefit from the use of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs, although the advantages may come at certain costs to young people's perceived and real safety. Recommendations to powered wheelchair providers include the demonstrated need for additional driving training as these young people mature.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09638280600964406
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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