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Wheelchair Use and Services in Kenya and Philippines, 2014-2015

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Bazant, Eva
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
disabilities; health; low income groups; mobility; survey; technology; wheelchair; wheelchair services
  • Abstract

    The World Health Organisation recommends that services accompany wheelchair distribution. This study examined the relationship of wheelchair service provision in Kenya and the Philippines and wheelchair-use-related outcomes. The objective of this study was to examine whether wheelchair service receipt is associated with successful wheelchair use among adult, basic manual wheelchair users in less resourced settings.
  • Abstract

    The rationale for this study was two-fold. First, previous research has assessed the effects of some elements of wheelchair service provision, but has not distinguished among the effects of the main service steps outlined in the WHO guidelines. Second, general health care needs, the built environment, the social and cultural environment, and resources available to wheelchair users differ between higher- and lower- resource settings, and rigorous studies from low-resource settings are lacking.
  • Methods

    Before being enrolled in the study, respondents anwered a screening question about wheelchair service history, which was designed to ensure the balanced participation of wheelchair users who received services with their current wheelchair (service group) and those who did not (distribution-only group). In addition to more than 800 quantitative surveys, the study team set conducted 24 analyzable in-depth interviews in each country, for a total of 48. Qualitative respondents were purposively selected based on their participation in the survey.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: A likert-type scales was used for some survey responses.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 27% in Kenya and 29% in the Philippines
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Kenya
    • DS2: Philippines
    • DS3: Combined
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2014-12--2015-06
  • 2014-12 / 2015-06
  • Collection date: 2014-12--2015-06
  • 2014-12 / 2015-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Kenya
  • Philippines
Sampled Universe
Adult users of manual, basic wheelchairs Smallest Geographic Unit: County
In Kenya, potential participants were drawn from organizational lists provided by (1) wheelchair-providing organizations such as faith- based organizations, NGOs, community-based organizations, and government hospitals; (2) organizations such as DPOs and schools whose members use wheelchairs; and (3) snowball sampling. In the Philippines, potential participants were drawn from lists provided by local government units (LGUs), which maintain lists of wheelchair users and provide wheelchairs directly to their citizens. Lists were also provided by a major wheelchair-distribution charity and by a unique NGO where wheelchair users live and work. Snowball sampling was also employed.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)
  • on-site questionnaire
Funding institution(s): United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (AID-OAA-A-11-00050).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 37136 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37136.v1
  • Bazant, Eva S., Himelfarb Hurwitz, Elizabeth J., Onguti, Brenda N., Williams, Emma K., Noon, Jamie H., Xavier, Cheryl A., Garcia, Ferdiliza D.S., Gichangi, Anthony, Gabbow, Mohammed, Musakhi, Peter, Kirby, R. Lee. Wheelchair services and use outcomes: A cross-sectional survey in Kenya and the Philippines. African Journal of Disability.6, 2017.
    • ID: 10.4102/ajod.v6i0.318 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2018-11-14 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-11-14

Bazant, Eva (2018): Wheelchair Use and Services in Kenya and Philippines, 2014-2015. Archival Version. International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.