What is Wheelchair (powered)?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Permobil C300 Invacare Power Wheelchair Pride Jazzy Power Chair Show all

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See also: Invacare Lynx LX3 Invacare SP Power Wheelchair Shoprider Mobility

A power or electric wheelchair contains a battery, motor, and control mechanism to allow the user to propel themselves without the need for either a caregiver to push or muscle strength to move. More advanced models tilt and adjust their seats.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve mobility 236 59
Fatigue 116 31
Mobility decreased 81 14
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 60 14
Walking problems 48 8
Stiffness/Spasticity 45 6

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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 2
Moderate 6
Mild 18
None 108

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

Side effect Patients
Atrophy of muscles 2
Discomfort 2
Back pain 1
Bump into things-walk like a drunk 1
Buttocks pain 1
Constipation with occasional impaction 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Wheelchair (powered)

Dosage Patients
daily 1
as needed 22
all the time (24/7) 6
12 hr daily 4
1 other daily 3
1other as needed 2
weekly 2
1 hr daily 1
1 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Wheelchair (powered)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 50
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 60 patients who’ve stopped using Wheelchair (powered)

Duration

Currently using Wheelchair (powered)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 29

Stopped using Wheelchair (powered)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 93
Usually 26
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 28
Not at all hard to take 82
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 50
Not specified 76
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47 patient evaluations for Wheelchair (powered)

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slicky
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slicky
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Sep 15, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mobility decreased)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: very handy to get around in.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 21, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2016 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 10, 2010 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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Aug 30, 2016 (Started Jul 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Jul 10, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: struggle with low back pain

  • 0 helpful marks
Tommy-DK
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Tommy-DK
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Dec 17, 2015 (Started Aug 14, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mobility decreased)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Diabetes Type 2)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 12, 2001 (Started Aug 14, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mobility decreased)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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