Men's and women's perspectives on using a powered mobility device: Benefits and societal challenges

Pettersson, Cecilia, Iwarsson, Susanne, Brandt, Åse, Norin, Lizette and Lexell, Eva Månsson (2014) Men's and women's perspectives on using a powered mobility device: Benefits and societal challenges. Scandanavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Early Online 1-9. doi:10.3109/11038128.2014.905634

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Author Pettersson, Cecilia
Iwarsson, Susanne
Brandt, Åse
Norin, Lizette
Lexell, Eva Månsson
Title Men's and women's perspectives on using a powered mobility device: Benefits and societal challenges
Journal name Scandanavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
Publication date 2014-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/11038128.2014.905634
Open Access Status
Volume Early Online
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To describe how men and women experience their use of powered wheelchairs (PW) and powered scooters (PS) in everyday occupations, in the home and in society at large.

Methods: A qualitative research approach with focus-group methodology was used. Four focus groups were created, with men and women as well as PW and PS users in different groups. Applying a descriptive approach, data were analysed according to the principles described by Krueger.

Findings: Three categories emerged and revealed that even though use of PW and PS increased independence and enabled everyday occupations, participants struggled to be independent powered mobility device (PMD) users. They experienced many accessibility problems in dwellings and in society, described similarly by users of PW and PS. Men and women experienced their use of (PMD) differently, especially in relation to the service delivery process.

Conclusions: The study contributes with new knowledge on accessibility for PW and PS users and related service delivery processes, stating that gender differences regarding provision and training must be taken into account. Occupational therapists can contribute to an enhanced understanding of PMD users’ challenges in person–environment–occupation transactions in the home and society, and thereby promote occupational justice for PMD users.
Keyword Powered wheelchair
Powered scooter
Focus group
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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