Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series - The Role of Wheelchairs in Ensuring Participation for People with Mobility Challenges - Dr. Lee Kirby

Abstract: With the aging of the population and successes in acute health care, the prevalence is rising of people with chronic impairments leading to restrictions in mobility and participation. In this presentation, the case will be made that improvements in service delivery should assist in realizing the benefits and minimizing the problems related to wheelchair use. In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Guidelines on the Provision of Wheelchairs in Less-Resourced Settings. Training packages have subsequently been released to assist practitioners in meeting these Guidelines. The WHO Guidelines include an 8-step process for wheelchair service delivery. Two of these steps – assessment and training – are relevant to the Wheelchair Skills Program ( developed at Dalhousie University. This session will include an overview of the growing evidence in support of the WHO's Guidelines including the low-tech and high-impact Wheelchair Skills Program.

Biography: Dr Kirby received his MD degree from Dalhousie University. His specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was carried out at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, at Dalhousie University and at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England. He is a Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University with a cross-appointment in Community Health and Epidemiology. He is based at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Site of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. His primary research interest is the safety and performance of wheelchairs. He has held research grants from a number of national and international funding bodies. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has made many presentations to national and international meetings. He heads the team that developed the Wheelchair Skills Program ( ​



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