PITTSBURGH, May 10 (UPI) -- A University of Pittsburgh pilot study of 130 participants said they were generally satisfied with their wheelchairs.
Shirley G. Fitzgerald and colleagues 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.
Participants completed a questionnaire about their wheelchairs, the maintenance and repair history, and their satisfaction levels.
The results, published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, showed that 26 percent of the participants had completed a wheelchair repair in the past six months, 16 percent had completed general maintenance and 27 percent had completed tire repairs.
Neither hours of wheelchair use nor wheelchair age affected repair or maintenance frequency, according to the study.