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A scoping review of international wheelchair and seating provision, policy guidelines.

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dc.contributor.author Kelly, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-07T14:24:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-07T14:24:47Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3948
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: For people who use wheelchairs being supplied with an appropriate wheelchair that is well fitted and well designed to maximise occupational performance and participation is a basic human right. Wheelchair provision has a huge bearing on a person’s quality of life, health and well being. Every aspect of wheelchair provision is paramount from referral to follow up, maintenance and repair. Objective: At present in Ireland there is no national policy, standards or guidelines in place for the provision of wheelchairs, making the focus of this study a high priority. The researcher is going to explore international literature on wheelchair and seating provision policy and guidelines. Method: Wheelchair provision policy guidelines were identified using databases: AMED, EMBASE, CINAHL Plus, MEDLINE, PhycINFO and Google Scholar. The search engine “Google” was used to search grey literature. The data was interpreted through a content analysis. Findings: Policy, guidelines and standards were identified in various countries throughout the world. National policy guidelines and standards are paramount to the prescription of an appropriate wheelchair. Wheelchair provision remains inconsistent, fragmented and unsustainable even though governments have taken steps to improve wheelchair and seating services. Conclusion: International, national and local policy dictates the way wheelchair and seating services are provided in ones country. Policies hugely influence the lives of all people with disabilities. The system that guides wheelchair provision in Norway is a leading example of what can be achieved through comprehensive policy, regular monitoring and most of all government commitment. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject wheelchair and seating provision en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.title A scoping review of international wheelchair and seating provision, policy guidelines. 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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