What is it about?

This paper looked at implementing an adapted version of the Wheelchair Skills Program for a group of lower limb amputees undertaking inpatient rehabilitation to measure the impact this had on their confidence, skill acquisition and attainment of goals.

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Why is it important?

Post-intervention, we saw an increase in user skill performance and confidence. However, it was recognised that wheelchair user engagement in the program was challenging and was affected by competing commitments and priorities, such as other rehabilitation or rest. It was also challenging for staff facilitating the program due to competing time demands and the expectation of learning how to teach wheelchair skills as well as risk management processes on the job.


A systematic approach to facilitating wheelchair skills, such as the wheelchair skills training program is important in building skills and confidence for people with amputations and should be considered within inpatient rehabilitation settings.

Kimberly Charlton
University of Adelaide

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This page is a summary of: Facilitating manual wheelchair skills following lower limb amputation using a group process: A nested mixed methods pilot study, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, July 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12759.
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