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Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy




Dana M. Howell, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Shirley P. O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mentor Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


Background: Delivery of power wheelchairs with power seating functions is a complex process. Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore users’ perspectives on power wheelchair service delivery, and understand their involvement in the equipment trial and selection process. Methodology: Five power wheelchair users participated in interviews and completed the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM). Results: WhOM responses and interview data analysis supported four main themes. “Who’s on my team?” revealed variability in the evaluation practices of the provider team, “I need my chair to help me do what I want to do” captured how consumers’ participation goals were impacted by equipment usability, “I want choices” indicated consumer involvement in equipment selection influenced satisfaction, and “I don’t know what I don’t know” illustrated complexities in the service delivery process. Conclusion: Consumer involvement in the trial and selection process may contribute to power wheelchair outcome usability, satisfaction, and occupational engagement. Implications: This project fills gaps in research to inform occupational therapists of best practices for the delivery of services to their patients and clients. Practical applications: Client-centered, occupation-based practice methods and assessments described in this study may aid in achieving higher levels of user satisfaction and optimize clinical outcomes.