Volume 52 Number 2, 2015
Pages 181 — 192
Abstract — Wheelchair mobility is a prerequisite to being able to carry out important activities and to participate in social life. Level of satisfaction with the wheelchair and overall quality of life were found to be positively associated. The aim of this study was to determine the level of satisfaction of French manual wheelchair (MW) users and caregivers with MW characteristics. A total of 132 users and 76 caregivers completed a questionnaire about their level of satisfaction with their MW characteristics. Satisfaction scores were independent of age, sex, reason for MW use, and time of use. As a whole, MW users are satisfied. However, a few parameters such as MW weight and difficulties propelling outdoors demonstrate a low level of satisfaction among users. MW weight, brakes, and height of pushing handles are the less satisfying elements among caregivers. In conclusion, the majority of French MW users are satisfied, but some characteristics, such as weight, must be optimized. Considering caregiver needs is paramount when aiming to improve MW parameters such as brakes or pushing handles. Improvement in some MW parameters seems to be important in achieving improved level of satisfaction and increased participation and active lifestyle among MW users and caregivers.
Key words: accessories, caregivers, French, French wheelchair, manual wheelchair, parameters, satisfaction, users, wheelchair characteristics, wheelchair satisfaction.
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