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PS4.3: Wheelchair Breakdowns and Hospitalizations in People with Spinal Cord Injury

Power wheelchairs provide users with a means to manage secondary health conditions associated with spinal cord injury (SCI), such as pain or pressure ulcers. If a wheelchair component breaks down, there is a risk that these individuals cannot manage these conditions and thus are at risk for further problems. The present analysis identifies relationships between wheelchair breakdowns, adverse consequences from these breakdowns, and hospitalizations in a sample of power wheelchair users with SCI.

 

Learning Objectives:

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

 

Faculty:

Nathan S Hogaboom, BS
Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Nathan is a doctoral candidate and NSF fellow at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on secondary effects of wheelchair United Statesge in people with spinal cord injury. His specific interests include inflammatory biomarker measurement in the shoulder and large dataset analysis.

Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Lynn Worobey,is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in biomechanics and is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). She also holds a  clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Her interests include maximizing function for individuals who utilize assistive technology in both a research and clinical setting.

Michael Boninger, MD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

 

References:

    1. Chaves, E. S., Boninger, M. L., Cooper, R., Fitzgerald, S. G., Gray, D. B., & Cooper, R. A. (2004). Assessing the influence of wheelchair technology on perception of participation in spinal cord injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 85(11), 1854-1858.
    2. McClure, L. A., Boninger, M. L., Oyster, M. L., Williams, S., Houlihan, B., Lieberman, J. A., & Cooper, R. A. (2009). Wheelchair repairs, breakdown, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 90(12), 2034-2038.
    3. Worobey, L., Oyster, M., Nemunaitis, G., Cooper, R., & Boninger, M. L. (2012). Increases in wheelchair breakdowns, repairs, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 91(6), 463-469.



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