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Older adults' use of, and satisfaction with, electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs

Evans, Subhadra, Frank, Andrew O., Neophytou, Claudius and de Souza, Lorraine 2007, Older adults' use of, and satisfaction with, electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs, Age and ageing, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 431-435, doi: 10.1093/ageing/afm034.

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Title Older adults' use of, and satisfaction with, electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Frank, Andrew O.
Neophytou, Claudius
de Souza, Lorraine
Journal name Age and ageing
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 431
End page 435
Total pages 5
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0002-0729
Keyword(s) Activities of Daily Living
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Disability Evaluation
Disabled Persons
Electric Power Supplies
Equipment Design
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Quality of Life
Wheelchairs
Summary BACKGROUND: Research documenting the experiences of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair (EPIOC) users has generally failed to take into account the specific needs and concerns of older adults. This study sought to qualitatively examine the older EPIOC users' satisfaction with the chair and service providers. METHOD: Eight women and nine men aged between 60 and 81 (mean 69) years were recruited through a specialist wheelchair service database. All had severe mobility disabilities. Analysis was performed using a qualitative framework approach. RESULTS: Participants reported a variety of EPIOC uses, including shopping and some social contact. Moderate satisfaction with the chair was reported. Use was compromised by indoor and outdoor environmental barriers; and the chair not meeting users' needs. Accidents were rare, but many users still experienced insecurity in the chair. High levels of satisfaction with the service were reported, although concern was expressed over length of waiting times. CONCLUSIONS: EPIOCs proved useful to most older people with disabilities. However, even those who were satisfied reported only moderate use of the chair outdoors. Limited use related to an infrequent need for outings, outdoor barriers, feelings of insecurity over chair safety and lengthy waiting times for chair delivery and required modifications. Service providers should be aware that older EPIOC users may require extra support and the provision of timely adjustments to increase chair use.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/ageing/afm034
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1103 Clinical Sciences
1701 Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086948

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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