Short Tilte:Effect of a pushrim-activated power-assist wheelchair on the functional capabilities of persons with tetraplegia
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):05, 86, 3, 380-386
Study assessed the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) using a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair (PAPAW) compared to a traditional manual wheelchair among subjects with tetraplegia. Participants propelled both their own manual wheelchairs and a PAPAW 3 times over an ADL course. Primary variables that were compared between the 2 wheelchairs were participants' mean heart rate, time to complete the course, perceived level of difficulty in completing each task, and ergonomic preferences between the wheelchairs. Results showed that participants demonstrated a significant decrease in mean heart rate throughout all 3 trials when using the PAPAW. The amount of assistance needed by participants, the responses to ergonomic questions, and the overall time to complete the ADL course did not differ significantly between the 2 wheelchairs.