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IC12: Powered Wheelchair Provision: Current Practices and Opportunities

Using the results a North American survey, this session will explore current clinical practices in powered mobility assessment and training and opportunities to establish best-practices in powered wheelchair provision. Tools and techniques which are used by clinicians, and factors which contribute to clinical decision making will be discussed. This session will include a review of evidence which is available to support these processes, and identify gaps in knowledge which could be addressed through clinical research.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;

 

Faculty:

Emma M Smith, MScOT, ATP/SMS
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

Emma Smith is an Occupational Therapist and PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Emma's research is focused on powered wheelchair skills assessment and training, and the use of assistive technologies to facilitate independence. Emma has clinical experience in assistive technology, wheelchair and seating provision, community occupational therapy, and pediatrics.

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States

Dr. Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Kenyon heads the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project, an inter-professional research project that provides power mobility training for children with multiple, severe disabilities. Dr. Kenyon presents internationally on topics related to pediatric physical therapist practice and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to topics in pediatrics.

Debra Field, OT, PhD
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

William C Miller, PhD, FCAOT
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

Bill Miller is an occupational therapist with research training in epidemiology and biostatistics. He holds the positions of Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Associate Dean Health Professions at the University of British Columbia. His research is focused on measurement, epidemiology and intervention to minimize mobility disability and its influence on the engagement in daily and social activities of adults.

 

References:

    1. Kirby, R., Miller, W., Routhier, F., Demers, L., Mihailidis, A., Polgar, J., … Sawatzky, B. (2015). Effectiveness of a Wheelchair Skills Training Program for Powered Wheelchair Users: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Epub
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    2. Mortenson, W., Clarke, L., & Best, K. (2013). Prescribers' Experiences With Powered Mobility Prescription Among Older Adults. The American Journal of …, 67(1), 100 - 107. Retrieved from http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/67/1/100.short
    3. World Health Organization. (2012). Wheelchair Service Delivery Package: Basic Level. Retrieved from http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/78236/1/
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