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Transfer component skill deficit rates among Veterans who use wheelchairs

Alicia M. Koontz, PhD, et al.

Wheelchair transfers cause excessive loading on the upper limbs and falls when proper techniques are not used. This study examined the quality of transfer skills in detail among 92 Veterans who used wheelchairs full-time and were able to perform transfers independently. Many of the Veterans did not set up their body, wheelchair, and transfer environment appropriately or use proper handgrips during the transfer process. The study results indicate that there is much room for improvement, signaling a need for further education and better training for Veterans to learn how to perform high-quality transfers.

Volume 53 Number 2, 2016
   Pages 279 — 294

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Koontz AM, Tsai CY, Hogaboom NS, Boninger ML. Transfer component skill deficit rates among Veterans who use wheelchairs. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(2): 279–94.

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