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Steps to Appropriate Wheelchair Provision

Online Course: Steps to Appropriate Wheelchair Provision

Assessment, prescription and preparation in wheelchair provision

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC is a humanitarian organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate.

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In 2008 with input from more than twenty-five wheelchair and rehabilitation experts the World Health Organisation (WHO) released guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings. It outlines eight main steps that wheelchair service personnel need to carry out in order to provide a wheelchair. This course provides an overview of the steps to appropriate wheelchair provision followed by a more detailed review of the wheelchair assessment, prescription and preparation process.


The aim of this section is to provide comprehensive knowledge of appropriate wheelchair provision, and consider the impact it has on both user function and satisfaction.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Wheelchair Assessment
  2. Pressure Management and Postural Support
  3. Wheelchair Prescription
  4. Wheelchair Preparation

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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