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Wheelchair and seating service provision in the Republic of Ireland: exploring service users’ perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Balfry, Jordan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-02T15:12:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-02T15:12:26Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5740
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To explore the perspectives of service users availing of wheelchair and seating service provision in the Republic of Ireland, within the context of muscular dystrophy. Method: Four participants availing of wheelchair and seating service provision were interviewed using a semi-structured, open-ended interview protocol. Three participants were adult wheelchair users with muscular dystrophy and one a wheelchair associate, the mother of an adolescent with muscular dystrophy. The research was informed by a qualitative research methodology and data analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes emerged following data analysis: ‘becoming and being a wheelchair user: progression, participation and provision’, ‘influences on service user experience: resources and rapport’ and ‘navigating the system: support, self-advocacy and suggestions’. Participants gave their perspectives of the personal impact of muscular dystrophy and wheelchair use, provided examples of what influenced their experiences of service provision and described how they themselves navigated the services of which they availed. Conclusion: Areas of consideration by occupational therapists practicing within the realms of wheelchair and seating service provision were highlighted, such as the importance of understanding the lived experience of service users and establishing sufficient therapeutic rapport. Funding, waiting times and client-therapist relationships were highlighted as areas that appeared to impact upon service user satisfaction. The consequence of inadequate service provision is discussed as is the importance of supporting the implementation of best practice guidelines and the creation of governmental policy regarding personal mobility in the Republic of Ireland. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject muscular dystrophy en_US
dc.subject wheelchair and seating service provision en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.title Wheelchair and seating service provision in the Republic of Ireland: exploring service users’ perspectives 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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