Quality of life differences for persons using a second wheelchair
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This study explored the reasons underlying acquisition of a second wheelchair and the differences in impact experienced by users of one wheelchair compared to users of two wheelchairs. A cross-sectional design was used. Fifty-three participants were interviewed: 28 used two wheelchairs, and 25 used one wheelchair. Participants expressed four principal reasons for acquiring a second wheelchair: independence, life space access, overuse injury or pain, and disease or body change. Users of two wheelchairs experienced significantly higher psychosocial impact (p=0.00), as measured by the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS), than users of one wheelchair. No statistically significant differences were found between the two groups for either life-space access (as measured by the Life Space Assessment) or environmental barriers (as measured by the Craig Hospital Inventory of Environmental Factors).