Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2018 Oct;13(7):614-619. doi: 10.1080/17483107.2017.1358301. Epub 2017 Jul 29.

Measurement properties of the WheelCon for powered wheelchair users.

Author information

1
a École de réadaptation , Université de Montréal , Montréal , Canada.
2
b Centre de Recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine , Montréal , Canada.
3
c Department of Rehabilitation , Université Laval , Québec City , Canada.
4
d Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration , Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale , Québec City , Canada.
5
e Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program , University of British Columbia , Vancouver , Canada.
6
f GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre , Vancouver , Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the measurement properties of the Wheelchair Use Confidence Scale for power wheelchair users (WheelCon-P).

DESIGN:

One-month test-retest design, using data from a longitudinal study of power wheelchair use.

PARTICIPANTS:

Volunteer sample of 73 community dwelling, older adult experienced power wheelchair users who had a mean age of 60.5 ± 7.1 years.

METHODS:

Participants completed the WheelCon-P twice to assess retest reliability. Concurrent validity was assessed by evaluating hypothesized relationships between the WheelCon-P and relevant variables.

RESULTS:

The baseline mean (standard deviation) WheelCon-P score was 78.8 ± 14.5. Cronbach's α was 0.92. The one-month test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.85 (CI 0.77-0.90). Correlations ranging from r = 0.26 (social support) to r = 0.49 (wheelchair skills) were found between the WheelCon-P and the validation outcome measures.

CONCLUSION:

The WheelCon-P has high internal consistency, strong retest reliability and evidence supporting its validity. Although further work is needed, the WheelCon-P may serve as a useful clinical and research tool for measuring power wheelchair confidence. Implications for rehabilitation The WheelCon-P is a reliable and valid outcome measure for assessing wheelchair confidence. This tool can be used to identify individuals with low power wheelchair confidence who require a confidence-enhancing intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Wheelchairs; confidence; outcome assessment (health care); rehabilitation

PMID:
28758516
DOI:
10.1080/17483107.2017.1358301
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Taylor & Francis
Loading ...
Support Center