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Wheelchair services and use outcomes: A cross-sectional survey in Kenya and the Philippines

Journal Article
(Published October, 2017)
Bazant, E. (Author),
Himelfarb Hurwitz, E.J. (Author),
Onguti, B.N. (Author),
Williams, E. (Author),
Noon, J.H. (Author),
Xavier, C.A. (Author),
Garcia, F.D.S. (Author),
Gichangi, A. (Author),
Gabbow, M. (Author),
Musakhi, P. (Author),
Kirby, R.L. (Author)
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852 adult basic manual wheelchair users were surveyed with participants who had received services and those who had not were sought in equal numbers from wheelchair-distribution entities. Conditions that led to the need for a basic wheelchair were mainly spinal cord injury, polio/post-polio, and congenital conditions.  Outcomes assessed were daily wheelchair use, falls, unassisted outdoor use and performance of activities of daily living (ADL). Descriptive, bivariate and multivariable regression model results are presented.  Authors conclude that select services were associated with some better wheelchair use outcomes and should be emphasised in service delivery. Service providers should be aware that increased mobility may lead to serious falls.
 

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Bazant, E.S., Himelfarb Hurwitz, E.J., Onguti, B.N., Williams, E.K., Noon, J.N., Xavier, C.A. et. al., ‘Wheelchair services and use outcomes: A cross-sectional survey in Kenya and the Philippines’, African Journal of Disability 6(0), a318. https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v6i0.318