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Power Mobility Toolkit

The purpose of this study is to develop a toolkit of participation assessments for children 18 months to 12 years of age who use power mobility.
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This is the Paediatric Participation Outcomes for Wheelchair Evaluation in Rehabilitation (POWER) Mobility toolkit.

Development of the toolkit

Independent mobility is important for taking part in life activities. More children than ever before are using power mobility to move around and to participate in the things they need and want to do. Although we know power mobility makes a difference in children's lives, we have little research evidence about this treatment. 

Purpose of this study

The purpose of this study is to develop a toolkit of participation assessments (the Paediatric Participation Outcomes for Wheelchair Evaluation in Rehabilitation (POWER) Mobility toolkit) for children 18 months to 12 years of age who use power mobility.

Who are we looking for?

  • Parents of children aged 18 months to 12 years old who use power mobility
  • Therapists who are experienced in the area of power mobility use for children aged 18 months to 12 years old
  • Researchers who specialize in power mobility for children or who investigate the participation of children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years of age

Phase 1 development goals

The Phase 1 goals are:

  • to use a series of online surveys to identify the important elements of participation for children who use power mobility
  • to match the important elements identified with currently available participation assessments
  • to identify the best tools that can be used to evaluate participation in daily and social activities for children

This study is the first of two studies, with the second study testing the measures in the toolkit to ensure they are reliable, valid and responsive to change for children 18 months to 12 years of age who use power mobility.

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Your opinions will help us better understand and meet the needs of children who use power mobility.


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What is the significance of the POWER Mobility Toolkit?

The toolkit will assist therapists and families in their decision-making for power mobility prescriptions for children, and improve their ability to document the effectiveness of therapy treatments that use power mobility. Use of the toolkit will provide evidence to support power mobility interventions.

Who is conducting the study?

This study is being conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children is part of Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia. The study is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

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