Impact of seating and mobility services for individuals with disabilities in Peru

Assist Technol. 2022 Aug 30;1-8. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2022.2113178. Online ahead of print.


The purpose of this study is to critically analyze the perceived impact of seating and mobility services, provided by occupational therapists using an ISL model, from the perspective of the recipients of services in Peru. A quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was implemented using a survey that was developed based on areas of occupation outlined by the OTPF-4, translated into Spanish, and administered by an in-country partner via SurveyMonkey. More than 85% of respondents (n = 133) indicated they "agree" or "strongly agree" that receiving services had an overall positive impact on their life, ability to complete ADLs, social interaction, community mobility and participation, overall health, and sense of confidence and well-being; responses were generally "neutral" regarding impact on employment and education. The results support the potential of collaborative ISL, specific to the provision of seating and mobility, to improve occupational performance from the perspective of service recipients in Peru.

Keywords: activities of daily living; mobility; outcomes; positioning and support surfaces; seating; wheelchair transportation.