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What evidence exists that the use of a powered wheelchair improves role performance in clients with a physical disability?

Prepared by:

Peta Hardy & Coralie Clifford

Date:

3/04/2003

Review Date:

April 2005

Clinical Question:

What evidence exists that the use of a powered wheelchair improves role performance in clients with a physical disability?

Clinical Scenario:

Occupational therapists often prescribe powered wheelchair mobility to clients with physical disabilities affecting mobility in order to improve participation and satisfaction in chosen life roles. What evidence exists that the acquisition of mobility in a powered wheelchair improves occupational performance in people with physical disabilities.

Clinical Bottom Line:

Provision of Powered Wheelchair Mobility may result in improved self initiated movements in children but appears to have variable effect on affect and interaction with objects and people in their environment. Improvements in role performance in adults with a physical disability have been reported.

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