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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Therapy
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Teresa Plummer. 2010. Participatory action research to examine the current state of practice in the wheelchair assessment and procurement process. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Health Care Sciences – Occupational Therapy Department. (12)
"Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Occupational Therapy Department, College of Allied Health and Nursing, Nova Southeastern University."
The author explored the current state of practice and the essential elements in the wheelchair assessment and procurement process. Obtaining the correct wheelchair is a complex process, involving the client, family, practitioners, suppliers, manufacturers, policy makers and insurers. This study utilized a qualitative research approach using Participatory Action Research (PAR) and a Delphi consensus approach to garner input from 155 individuals who have experience in the field of wheelchair assessments. While wheelchair users account for 1% of the United States population over the age of 6, they experience oppression, unemployment, and activity limitations. The findings of this study suggest that the wheelchair assessment process be theoretically based on empowerment and reflect a client-centered process.