Driving Characteristics of Electric-Powered Wheelchair Users: How Far, Fast, and Often Do People Drive?By Cooper, Rory A, PhD; Thorman, Tricia; Cooper, Rosemary; Dvorznak, Michael J.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G., PhD; Ammer, William; Song-Feng, Guo, PhD; Boninger, Michael L., MD; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 83, No. 2, pp. 250-255
Publication Date: February 2002
Study to determine the driving characteristics of electric-powered wheelchair users during unrestricted community activities, and to compare the activity levels among an active group and a group of regular users. Data were collected in the communities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in San Antonio, Texas. Seventeen people participated in the study. Each participant used an electric-powered wheelchair as his or her primary means of transportation. The participants were asked standardized questions regarding their wheelchair use. A TFX-11 data logger was used to measure speed, distance traveled, and the time that each participant’s personal wheelchair was driven for 24 hours a day over a five-day period. The results indicated that the group from the National Veterans Wheelchair Games traveled faster than the Pittsburgh group on the first day of data collection, and traveled a longer distance when compared to Pittsburgh group over the five-day period. Both distance traveled and speed increased during afternoon and evening hours. The authors concluded that people who drive electric-powered wheelchairs were most active during evening hours, and that there was little variation in the speed or distance traveled each day. The maximum difference that any of the participants traveled was less than 8 kilometers.
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