Experiences in training for the basic supply of wheelchairs: Universidad del Rosario and Universidad CES.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Taking into account that 1.5% of people in the world need a wheelchair to fulfill their right to personal mobility and enhance other rights such as access to education, work, leisure and recreation.

Of these people who require a wheelchair to live independently, only 15% are able to access it due to multiple barriers, one of the most important being the lack of knowledge of professionals regarding support products and the evaluation of the wheelchair. user and their environment to prescribe appropriate products and conduct user training.

This, added to the economic barriers to access these products, means that users potentially benefiting from wheelchairs cannot access what they require to achieve levels of functioning that allow them to live with dignity.

The objective of the project is to determine the changes in the knowledge about manual wheelchairs generated in students and graduates of physiotherapy from the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad CES through a study with a quantitative, observational, analytical approach, by the number of measurements to the participants is transversal, due to temporality it is retrospective, with correlational scope.

From a secondary source, through the results of a survey applied in a web environment to students and graduates before and after receiving training in wheelchair provision at the CES University and the Universidad del Rosario between 2017 and 2021 (see attach).

The results of the application of the questionnaire on basic knowledge in wheelchair supply from the International Society of Wheelchairs Professionals (ISWP), from the same years, will be analyzed; The exam is based on the WHO Guidelines for the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs at the basic level.

The project aims to generate recommendations on the design of improvement plans that allow adjustments to be made in the curricular framework of physiotherapy programs in order to guarantee basic competencies in new professionals and promote an adequate supply of wheelchairs for those who require them; promote a space for reflection on the importance of the role of physiotherapists in the provision of wheelchairs and their impact on generating transformations promoting inclusive and fair societies; identify the knowledge obtained by the participants (students and graduates) in the provision of manual wheelchairs in the structured training in the two physiotherapy programs and generate improvement actions in the curricular frameworks.


Wheelchair, Functionality, Training, Health Professionals.
Effective start/end date12/15/2111/30/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.