About these Resources
The questionnaires and tests linked below were developed by Karen Rispin and other professional colleagues and used in the Wheels research project. Click the links below for more thorough descriptions and links to each resource.
This tool can be used to assess the condition of a wheelchair.
With regular use, it will provide evidence on which parts are likely to fail prematurely under conditions at the current location. This evidence serves as feedback for manufacturers to improve design and for technicians to anticipate the need for parts and repairs. More . . .
This test was developed to provide comparative effectiveness data on mobility facilitated by different wheelchair types.
It is simple and flexible enough to be used in low-technology settings. More . . .
This questionnaire was developed as an outcome measure of lower limb functional ability.
It is designed for universal applicability across cultures and ages (youth through adulthood) and conditions that result in lower limb impairments. More . . .
Under-resourced settings typically have rough ground surfaces, making wheelchair travel difficult. Evaluating wheelchairs in settings similar to the conditions of use is essential to improving wheelchair design. However, testing on outdoor surfaces may produce inconsistent results due to weather conditions, terrains, and ground cover. The Modular Rough Surface Units (MRSUs) generate standard surface roughness for quantifiable and repeatable evaluation. More . . .
The Wheelchair Interface Questionnaire (WIQ) is a moment in time assessment based on the professional opinion of wheelchair service providers, because they have the most comprehensive background and depth of experience in the quality of the interface between a wheelchair user and his or her wheelchair. The WIQ is usable in low- and middle-income countries. It is a brief assessment, which allows it to be used in situations when tracking over time may be very difficult. The ability to complete it without spoken interaction allows it to be used in situations where wheelchair users may speak another language or be non-verbal. More . . .
The Wheelchair Satisfaction Questionnaire (WSQ) is designed to provide data about a wheelchair user's satisfaction with his or her wheelchair at a given moment in time. The WSQ is usable in low- and middle-income settings where people may speak English as a second language and where translation may be necessary. Language in the WSQ is simple and clear. The WSQ can be completed by users with both complex and more basic seating needs. More . . .