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Outcome measures for wheelchair and seating: a critical appraisal

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dc.contributor.author Kenny, Siobhan
dc.contributor.author Gowran, Rosemary Joan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-24T11:05:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-24T11:05:09Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3240
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Literature suggests that every aspect of wheelchair provision from referral to follow up and management has an impact on overall outcomes for wheelchair service users. The use of outcome measures (OMs) is called for to ensure best practice in this complex area. Objectives: To identify available outcome measures suitable for the evaluation of a wheelchair intervention and critically appraise measures deemed most suitable in terms of achievement of activity & participation and impact of the service on quality of life. Methods: OMs were be identified using databases: Medline, CINHAL, PsychInfo, and Google Scholar. An evaluation was conducted to establish those particularly useful and a critical appraisal was completed on these. Results: The five OMs identified as most relevant were the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM); Functioning Everyday in a Wheelchair (FEW); Goal Attainment Scale (GAS); Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scales (PIADS); and the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST). A critical appraisal was competed on these identifying the strengths and limitations of each. Conclusion: No one outcome measure captures all necessary information and trade-offs are inevitable. When choosing an outcome measure for a service, the specific goals of the service evaluation and resources available need to be considered. This research presents a critical appraisal of five outcome measures deemed appropriate for the evaluation of a wheelchair intervention and highlights some areas for consideration so an informed decision can be made. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject wheelchair en_US
dc.subject outcome measures en_US
dc.title Outcome measures for wheelchair and seating: a critical appraisal en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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