Study: Repairs don't affect satisfaction

Monday, July 31, 2006

PITTSBURGH - A recent University of Pittsburgh study on wheelchair durability revealed that participants are "generally satisfied" with their wheelchairs, even though they sometimes need maintenance and repairs. As part of the pilot study, researchers polled 130 users on the characteristics of their wheelchairs, the types of maintenance and repairs completed and whether satisfaction was affected by any problems with their wheelchairs. Twenty-six percent of participants reported that they had completed a repair in the past six months; 16% had completed general maintenance; and 27% had completed tire repairs, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development.