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An investigation on musculoskeletal injuries among users of locally-designed wheelchairs in a crafts workshop in the Philippines: focus on wheelchair design
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the Philippines, locally-designed wheelchairs are modified from the US and European designs. Persons with disabilities usually receive wheelchairs from international and national charity organizations as donations for use in their daily lives, including work. However, no assurance is provided whether the locally-designed wheelchairs or the donated wheelchairs are appropriate (in terms of design and fit) for their intended users. No study investigating such has yet been done in the Philippines. It is therefore the aim of this research to identify musculoskeletal injuries among users, general design characteristics and attributes of locally-designed wheelchairs, identify perceptions of users of locally-designed wheelchairs towards their wheelchairs: and determine match-mismatch among the users and their wheelchairs and locally-designed wheelchairs and relationships between these factors. Twenty-five wheelchair-bound workers and their wheelchairs from a crafts workshop in the Philippines were studied. A modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire, a Wheelchair Evaluation Form and observation methods were used. Mismatch analysis of anthropometric and wheelchair measurements and cross-tabulation analysis were performed. Results show a high prevalence of trouble in the low back and hip/thigh area, followed by the shoulder area. Results also show that most of the subjects are not fit for their wheelchairs or in standard locally-designed wheelchairs. No relevant statistically significant relationship was found between musculoskeletal trouble and wheelchair factors. Recommendations are then provided based on the results of the research.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, musculoskeletal injuries, wheelchairs, wheelchair design
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52827ISRN: LTU-EX--03/101--SELocal ID: 9ea9d1fb-035e-4b89-bd3e-1e4b30d00692OAI: diva2:1026199
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Ergonomics, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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