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Development of a consumer-driven Wheelchair Seating Discomfort Assessment Tool (WcS-DAT).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15097177     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the concept of seating discomfort in a population of full-time wheelchair users with intact sensation. The goal was to construct a tool that would quantify seating discomfort experienced by wheelchair users. Ten participants were interviewed using ethnographic interview techniques. Data were analyzed using a cross-classifying matrix to examine commonalities among the 10 participants' responses. There were 16 discomfort and 13 comfort descriptors used by the participants. Of these, eight discomfort and five comfort descriptors were selected to include in the Wheelchair Seating Discomfort Assessment Tool (WcS-DAT). The discomfort descriptors selected were: aches and pains, need to move, pressure points, feeling poorly positioned, unable to concentrate, instability, not comfortable, and feeling too hot, cold or damp. The comfort descriptors selected were: absence of discomfort, feeling good, having no pain, able to concentrate, and feeling stable. The WcS-DAT also includes general information, such as the amount of time spent sitting and whether the individual was transferred into the chair properly--factors thought to affect discomfort--and ratings of discomfort intensity--in general and differentiated by body area. The WcS-DAT is a comprehensive tool for quantification of wheelchair seat discomfort for this population.
Barbara A Crane; Margo B Holm; Douglas Hobson; Rory A Cooper; Matthew P Reed; Steve Stadelmeier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift für Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de réadaptation     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0342-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Rehabil Res     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-20     Completed Date:  2004-07-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805421     Medline TA:  Int J Rehabil Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  85-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Disabled Persons
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction*
Reproducibility of Results
Wheelchairs* / psychology

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