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Citation:  Cooper, R. A., Boninger, M. L., Cooper, R., Fitzgerald, S. G., & Kellerher, A. (2004). Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 19 (2), 161-170.
Title:  Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury
Authors:  Cooper, R. A., Boninger, M. L., Cooper, R., Fitzgerald, S. G., & Kellerher, A.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  NeuroRehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
Full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15201475   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Single subject design

Structured abstract:

Background:  Many environments are not accessible to individuals that use wheelchairs for ambulation.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to collect data on the potential for the Independence 3000 IBOT Transporter to improve employment satisfaction of veterans who use wheelchairs to work.
Setting:  Various offices made up the setting.
Study sample:  Subjects were recruited from the Washington Office of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Four male veterans with traumatic spinal cord injury were selected to participate in the study.
Intervention:  The intervention was the use of the IBOT in the work setting to hold eye-level discussions with colleagues, climb stairs, ascend steep ramps, and negotiate curbs.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  Observations were made by trained clinicians and participants responded to a survey.
Findings:  Half of the users felt that the IBOT would help them at work and all users felt it should be made available to veterans who use wheelchairs.
Conclusions:  A larger study should be conducted to determine if the IBOT affects work performance and the ability to return to work.

Disabilities served:  Mobility impairment
Populations served:  Gender: Male
Veterans
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Other