Comparison of activities of daily living (ADLs) in two different one arm drive wheelchairs: a study of individuals/participants with hemiplegia

Mandy, Anne, Walton, Claire and Michaelis, Jon (2015) Comparison of activities of daily living (ADLs) in two different one arm drive wheelchairs: a study of individuals/participants with hemiplegia Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10 (2). pp. 108-112. ISSN 1748-3107

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Abstract

This pilot study measured activities of daily living performance in individuals/participants with hemiplegia propelling both a standard dual handrim Action 3 wheelchair and a standard Action 3 wheelchair with a Neater Uni-Wheelchair kit attachment. The kit consists of a steerable front. Research questions: Does the use of the NUW affect the performance quality of activities of daily living in individuals/participants with hemiplegia. Is there a difference in the motor and process skills during activities of daily living performance, and in the time taken to complete the activities. Four individuals/participants with hemiplegia were used in a cross over, repeated measures trial. Assessment of Motor and Process Skills of users undertaking making a bed and laying a table ‘Swedish style’, tasks were measured and time taken to complete each task were recorded. Bed making completion time was quicker in the Neater Uni-wheelchair (p<0.03). Motor skills were significantly higher than the process ability skills (p<0.05). Activities of daily living tasks in the Neater Uni-wheelchair were completed more efficiently with no loss in quality of motor and process skills performance. This suggests that the Neater Uni-wheelchair is a viable alternative to current one arm drive provision. 

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: activities of daily living; ergonomic efficiency; Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
Subjects: B000 Health Professions
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.3109/17483107.2013.845612
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2014 03:01
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 11:33
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11792

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