Clinical evaluation, whether it be traditional therapy or wheelchair assessment, is no more than a case study of one. The wheelchair provision process varies widely from client choice without clinical input to a fully- scripted wheelchair with clinical advanced knowledge including clinical assessment, clinical reasoning, trials, client participation and feedback. Yet until recent years we have not implemented evidenced based clinical outcome evaluation tools to evaluate or justify those recommendations in clinical practice. An outcome assessment tool can help quantitatively and qualitatively assess the intervention. It can also be effective in the training, fit and adjustment of the device to decrease repetitive strain syndromes, energy conservation and establish safety in the use of the device. Documenting the results of an applied outcome measure can provide supportive justification to the prescribing body such as a funder to support the provision of the equipment. Specific outcome measures will be shared with references for clinical application of varying diagnoses.
- Participants will be able to name at least two outcome measures for each manual and power chair prescription.
- Participants will be able to state at least three specific features/programming parameters for both manual and power wheelchair setups which can have an impact on the applied outcome measure.
- Participants will be able to give two examples of how to describe the application of these resources for documentation and funding for complex rehab equipment.
About the Speaker
Lois Brown, MPT, ATP/SMS Rehabhire, Melbourne Victoria Australia, Clinical and Product Manager
Lois was trained in the US as a physical therapist and has 24 years of experience as a mobility and seating and AT specialist, Director of Medicare Review and prescribed chairs for a US National dealer, Manager of Clinical Education and also a Channel Manager of Mobility and Seating for wheelchair manufacturers. Lois has presented Nationally and Internationally on Wheeled Mobility and Seating and Assistive Technology, including International Seating Symposium, European Seating Symposium, CSMC (Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference) and RESNA (Rehab Engineering Society of North America). Lois has been published in a variety of Rehab Publications and is considered an expert in her field.
0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)