A Wheelchair Skills Training Method: Drivkraft – Driving force
The aim of this study is to determine the reliability of the Driving force (Drivkrafts) wheelchair maneuverer test (DWMT) components by answering the question: what are the inter- intra- and test-retest reliability of the components of the DWMT.
A total of 30 participants will be included in the inter- and intra-rater reliability tests and 18 participants in the test-retest reliability test.
The DWMT will be administered at the intake or at the first lesson of the wheelchair school. Participants will try to complete the four moments of the test as far as they could. This is done in their own wheelchair and in case they don’t have one yet a wheelchair with factory settings will be provided.
The test involves 4 moments;
- Moment 1 is a slalom track, with both forward and backward manoeuvring. This moment will be on time and the amount of mistakes made by the participant will be counted.
- Moment 2 is the ability to go up and down a slope. Down the slope the precision skill is added by adding a slalom and coming to a full stop in a predefined spot.
- Moment 3 consists of six parts, all related to rear wheel balancing and going up in difficulty. The final part,
- Moment 4, tests how high the participant can safely ascend and descend a kerb up to a maximum of 15,0 cm.
NoSCoS 2019 i Köpenhamn – Posterpresentation
The Wheelchair School – A description of the Drivkraft method and its evidence
Michael Zonneveld, Åke Norsten, Kerstin Wahman