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Older People and Dissatisfaction with Wheelchair Services.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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Journal publication date03/2008
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Journal number1
Volume10
Number of pages12
Pages17-28
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Britain has experienced an unprecedented increase in wheelchair use during the past two decades. The authors take a social model approach to disability and report on their study in the north-west of England into the social implications of this increase. Qualitative interviews and a large-scale social survey reveal the circumstances of users and their experiences. Building on their descriptive statistics, the authors use latent class analysis to identify from amongst their respondents the characteristics of dissatisfied users of UK National Health Service wheelchair provision: they were more likely to be older, frailer females; and to be living in residential and nursing care homes. Prescribing practices and policy guidelines are analysed to consider how a hierarchy of need is operating to determine wheelchair allocation.

Bibliographic note

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 10 (1), 2008, © Informa Plc