Evidence lacking on how to match wheelchairs with patients

Research Activities, March 2012, No. 379

Insufficient evidence on the wheeled mobility (wheelchair) delivery process can lead to a lack of funding for recommended service delivery steps. This lack of funding can result in physicians and suppliers limiting their selection of equipment and services and manufacturers hesitating to develop high-quality products for consumers. Yet a new report from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program highlights several issues that warrant further high-quality research in order to develop an evidence base for wheeled mobility service delivery. The report provides an overview of the literature and expert opinions on delivery of wheeled mobility service to long-term wheelchair users with complex rehabilitation needs. It also focuses on the elements that affect the quality of a match between patients and their wheeled devices.

Download and read the report, Wheeled Mobility (Wheelchair) Service Delivery.

Page last reviewed March 2012
Internet Citation: Evidence lacking on how to match wheelchairs with patients: Research Activities, March 2012, No. 379. March 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/mar12/0312RA26.html