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Wheeled mobility (wheelchair) service delivery

Greer, Nancy L
Brasure, Michelle
Wilt, Timothy J
United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center
Effective Health Care Program (US)
Wheeled mobility (wheelchair) service delivery [electronic resource] / prepared for, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ; prepared by, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center ; investigators, Nancy Greer, Michelle Brasure, Timothy J. Wilt.
Technical brief ; no. 9
AHRQ publication ; no. 11(12)-EHC065-EF
Country of Publication:
United States
Rockville, MD : Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, [2012]
1 online resource (PDF file (various pagings))
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BACKGROUND: Wheeled mobility service delivery is the process by which mobility impaired individuals are matched to wheeled mobility devices and provided service. Matching patients with mobility limitations with the most appropriate wheeled mobility device, avoiding under- and over-prescribing, is important for functional ability and quality of life, especially for patients with complex rehabilitation needs (i.e., long-term wheelchair users with complex medical conditions). PURPOSE: To describe the wheeled mobility service delivery process for patients with complex rehabilitation needs, survey the available literature on service delivery, and identify issues and areas for future research. METHODS: A search of published, peer-reviewed and grey literature and interviews with selected Key Informants. An evidence map was developed with characteristics of studies pertaining to the wheeled mobility service process identified in the bibliographic databases through March 2011. FINDINGS: Based on textbooks, guidelines, and published literature, the recommended service delivery process typically includes patient evaluation, equipment selection and delivery, and postdelivery training and followup. However, there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of the recommended approaches. Existing studies are primarily observational, exploratory studies designed to determine consumer use of and satisfaction with the wheeled mobility service delivery process. Additional research is needed on the topic of wheeled mobility service delivery to establish an evidence base that will allow for the development of standards and guidelines necessary for evidence-based service delivery.
Evidence-Based Practice
Needs Assessment
Wheelchairs/supply & distribution*
Publication Type(s):
"January 2012."
"Contract No. 290-07-10064-1."
Includes bibliographical references.
Issued also in print.
Prepared for: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Contract No. 290-07-10064-1, Prepared by: Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF t.p. (viewed on April 24, 2012).
101581862 [Electronic Resource]

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