This pilot study measured activities of daily living performance in individuals/participants with hemiplegia propelling both a standard dual handrim Action 3 wheelchair and a standard Action 3 wheelchair with a Neater Uni-Wheelchair kit attachment. The kit consists of a steerable front. Research questions: Does the use of the NUW affect the performance quality of activities of daily living in individuals/participants with hemiplegia. Is there a difference in the motor and process skills during activities of daily living performance, and in the time taken to complete the activities. Four individuals/participants with hemiplegia were used in a cross over, repeated measures trial. Assessment of Motor and Process Skills of users undertaking making a bed and laying a table ‘Swedish style’, tasks were measured and time taken to complete each task were recorded. Bed making completion time was quicker in the Neater Uni-wheelchair (p<0.03). Motor skills were significantly higher than the process ability skills (p<0.05). Activities of daily living tasks in the Neater Uni-wheelchair were completed more efficiently with no loss in quality of motor and process skills performance. This suggests that the Neater Uni-wheelchair is a viable alternative to current one arm drive provision.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2015|
- activities of daily living
- ergonomic efficiency
- Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
Mandy, A., Walton, C., & Michaelis, J. (2015). Comparison of activities of daily living (ADLs) in two different one arm drive wheelchairs: a study of individuals/participants with hemiplegia. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(2), 108-112.