The Impact of a Wheelchair on Health, Function, and Social Integration in the Developing World

Susan Shore, PhD, PT
Azusa Pacific University
Department of Physical Therapy
Azusa, California


The impact of a wheelchair on its user goes beyond physical function to overall health and social integration. The gain in function must be weighed in light of any risk associated with its use, including the development of pressure sores, the presence of pain, and the maintenance record. The current study investigates the impact of the Free Wheelchair Mission chair on recipients in India and Peru through use of a survey.  A summary evaluation has shown a positive benefit to health and function without an increase in health risk or an unreasonable amount of repair. 


Wheelchair; function; pressure sores; maintenance; developing world


Dr. Susan Shore, PhD, PT
Department of Physical Therapy
Azusa Pacific University
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, California  91702
Phone: 626-815-5018


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