Issues in maintenance and repairs of wheelchairs: A pilot study

Shirley G. Fitzgerald, Diane M. Collins, Rory A. Cooper, Michelle Tolerico, Annmarie Kelleher, Peter Hunt, Stephanie Martin, Bradley Impink, Rosemarie Cooper

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In this pilot study, we assessed wheelchair durability and its effect on user satisfaction. Specifically, we examined the characteristics of the participants' wheelchairs, the types of maintenance and repairs completed, and whether the participants' satisfaction was affected by problems with their wheelchairs. A convenience sample of 130 participants who used wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility was recruited. Participants completed a questionnaire about their wheelchairs, the maintenance and repair history, and their satisfaction levels. Results showed that 26% of the participants had completed a wheelchair repair in the past 6 months, 16% had completed general maintenance, and 27% had completed tire repairs. Neither hours of wheelchair use nor wheelchair age affected repair or maintenance frequency. Participants were generally satisfied with their wheelchairs. Better understanding of wheelchair maintenance and repair issues will guide improvements in wheelchair design and enhance the community participation of individuals who use wheelchairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-862
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Community participation
  • Maintenance
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Outcomes
  • Power wheelchair
  • Satisfaction
  • Wheelchair
  • Wheelchair age
  • Wheelchair repairs
  • Wheelchair use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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