RESNA Annual Conference - 2012

Reliability of the Wheelchair Skills Test Questionnaire, Version 4.1 for Powered Wheelchair Users

1Paula W Rushton, 2R Lee Kirby 3CanWheel Research Team

1. Université de Montréal and Centre de recherche de l'institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 2. Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University and Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 3.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the test- retest reliability of the total capacity scores from the Wheelchair Skills Test Questionnaire (WST-Q) version 4.1 for powered wheelchair users. We used a one-month test- retest interval. Thirty-eight power users completed a baseline and follow-up WST-Q. Results show that the WST-Q has excellent test-retest reliability (ICC of 0.82). This study provides support for the reliability of the WST-Q for powered wheelchair users.


This study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (AMG 100925). Salary/scholarship funds were provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PWR).