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Guidelines for planning appropriate wheelchair and seating provision in progressive neurological disorders.

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dc.contributor.author McGrath, David
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-08T15:34:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-08T15:34:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3961
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background This study will focus on wheelchair and seating provision for people with Progressive Neurological Disorders (PNDs). It forms part of a larger collection of research being carried out on wheelchair provision across the lifespan. People with PNDs may have complex wheelchair and seating needs. The provision of an appropriate wheelchair has a huge impact on a person’s ability to function and participate in society and guidelines to help the provision process are crucial in ensuring positives outcomes for this population. Method A scoping method was used to study the existence of guidelines to assist occupational therapists in wheelchair and seating provision with PNDs. Thematic analysis of the literature was used to extract the issues impacting upon the wheelchair provision process with this population. Findings There is limited evidence of standards and guidelines that inform therapists in wheelchair provision for PNDs. Numerous studies outline the wheelchair needs of people with PNDs and some guidelines exist on general wheelchair provision, yet limited guidelines exist to guide prescribing therapists specifically working with PNDs. From an Irish perspective, there is complete absence of any guidelines or standards; general or specific to any condition. Conclusion The importance of regular and planned review of the wheelchair and seating needs in PNDs is paramount. Barriers to appropriate wheelchair provision exist in the form of funding and ineffective resource management. Inadequate training of prescribing therapists raises questions about satisfactory outcomes for wheelchair users. There is an urgent requirement for development of national guidelines, drawing from existing national standards in other countries if necessary. Further research is recommended on therapists’ own confidence in, and experience of wheelchair provision with PNDs. 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 occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject PNDs en_US
dc.title Guidelines for planning appropriate wheelchair and seating provision in progressive neurological disorders. 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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