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To explore the efficacy of wheelchair skills training

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posted on 2017-05-03, 11:34 authored by Rebecca Sisk
Background: There are millions of wheelchair users throughout the world, and it takes a lot of practice to become an efficient wheelchair user. However, formal wheelchair skills training is still quite uncommon despite the fact that it has been shown to be a safe and practical method of improving the wheelchair skills of wheelchair users, caregivers and clinicians. Poor wheelchair skills can result in decreased occupational performance, which makes this topic relevant to Occupational Therapy. Aim: To explore the efficacy of wheelchair skills training. Method: A scoping review guided by Arskey and O’ Malley’s (2005) framework. Results: Nine studies were included in total. Key stake holders identified included wheelchair users, caregivers and Occupational Therapists. The results were presented in three themes which highlight the benefits of wheelchair skills training. Conclusion: Wheelchair skills training is effective and results in benefits such as improved community access, reduced healthcare costs and a reduction in caregiver reliance.

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