Our study characterized veterans who received wheeled mobility equipment (WME) from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) by analyzing the variance in wheelchair provision based on sex, race/ethnicity, diagnosis, and age.

A logistic regression analysis revealed associations between WME provision and age, sex, and race/ethnicity when diagnosis and number of comorbidities were controlled for. Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians/Asians were more likely than Caucasians to receive standard wheelchairs (also the most frequently prescribed wheelchair for all diagnoses), while younger patients were more likely to receive ultralightweight wheelchairs.

Our purpose was to determine whether characteristics varied significantly according to the type of WME provided. The findings strongly suggested a disparity in the provision of wheelchairs by the VHA and that the standard of care for the provision of WME within the VHA is not of the same quality as in other populations.

This article can be found in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Volume 43, Number 7, Page 831

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