What is Wheelchair (manual)?

Category: Equipment

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A manual wheelchair typically has handrails on the wheels to allow the user to propel themselves; there may also be handles at the rear to let another person push them. Wheelchairs are used by some people only when going outdoors to reduce the risk of falls.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve mobility 197 74
Weakness in leg(s) 144 38
Fatigue 142 51
Stiffness/spasticity 42 5
Balance problems 38 8

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 10
Mild 23
None 109

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wheelchair (manual)

Side effect Patients
Embarrassment 3
Weakness in arm(s) 3
Anger 2
Bruising 2
Dislocated shoulder 2
Mobility limited by distance 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Wheelchair (manual)

Dosage Patients
as needed 69
daily 36
weekly 8
monthly 3
four times daily 2
6 hr daily 1
12 hr daily 1
16 hr daily 1
every 3 months 1
every 8 weeks 1

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Why patients stopped taking Wheelchair (manual)

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Reason Patients
Other 53
Course of treatment ended 19
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Wheelchair (manual)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 58
1 - 6 months 262
6 months - 1 year 318
1 - 2 years 119
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 45

Stopped using Wheelchair (manual)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 76
Usually 33
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 62
Not specified 74
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42 patient evaluations for Wheelchair (manual)

Jun 12, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Now that I have sensory neuropathy and I have little to no feeling from my forearms to my feet, I can't use the wheelchair. I will be getting a motorized wheelchair soon.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 21, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 26, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for laryngeal sensory neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for knee pain from surgery)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weakness in leg(s))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I can no longer use a manual wheelchair because of the sensory neuropathy. I have lost the feeling in my hands now so I cannot push the wheelchair. My doctor ordered an electric wheelchair for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for knee pain from surgery)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weakness in leg(s))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Four times daily
Advice & Tips: SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, I HAVE TO USE THE WHEELCHAIR ON A DAILY BASIS AND WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I GO OUT. MOST OF MY FEET HAVE LOST FEELING, AND PARTS OF MY LEGS ARE NUMB. I HATE BEING IN A WHEELCHAIR.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 18, 2014 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for knee pain from surgery)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After 5 knee surgeries, my doctor got me the wheelchair. My legs have also felt weaker, but my husband can still take me out. We couldn't go if I just had my walker.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for weakness in leg(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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