Outcomes Measures We're Using

Unless a comparative study is done, all a researcher finds out is that every child is different. A comparative study reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each wheelchair.

We use the following outcomes assessments:

  • Energy cost: The physiological Cost Index in conjunction with a six minute Timed Roll Test. This is done on both rough and smooth ground.
  • Maneuverability: Five timed skills tests common to many wheelchair skills test assessment measures.
  • Feedback from the children: The Functional Mobility Assessment questionnaire modified to a visual analogue format.
  • Feedback from the therapists: Visual analogue scale questions and comments on each part of the wheelchair and on six categories of likely function.
  • Clinical assessment to look at the impact of the wheelchair on the health of the children.