Durability, value, and reliability of seated electric powered wheelchairs

Short Title:
Durability, value, and reliability of seated electric powered wheelchairs
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J47709.
Journal:
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2004, vol. 85, issue 5, pp 805-814
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Abstract:
Study conducted to compare the durability, value, and reliability of selected electric powered wheelchairs (EPWs) purchased in 1998. Fifteen EPWs were tested in the study, and included three each of the Jazzy, Quickie, Lancer, Arrow, and Chairman models. The five brands differed significantly in durability, value, and reliability, except in terms of reliability of supplier repairs. The Arrow had the highest durability, value, and reliability. The Chairman was reported to score the lowest in all categories. The Arrow proved to be more durable than the Jazzy, Quickie, and Lancer models. No significant differences were found with respect to rear-wheel-drive, mid-wheel-drive, or front-wheel-drive. The Arrow consistently outperformed the other wheelchairs in nearly every area studied. Implications for further research are discussed.
Author(s):
Fass, Megan V.; Cooper, Rory A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Schmeler, Mark; Rentschler, Andrew J.; Duncan, John
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