A Systematic Review of the Impact of Powered Mobility Devices on Older Adults’ Activity Engagement

Document Type

Journal Article


Taylor and Francis


Health, Engineering and Science


School of Exercise and Health Sciences




This article was originally published as:

Formiatti, R, Moir, L., Richmond, J., & Millsteed, J. (2013). A systematic review of the impact of powered mobility devices on older adults’ activity engagement. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 31(4), 297-309. DOI: 10.3109/02703181.2013.846451. Original article available here.


Purpose: To systematically review the impact powered mobility devices have on engagement in independent occupations for adults with acquired mobility limitations. Method: Electronic search of CINAHL Plus, Medline, PsychInfo, OT Seeker, Joanna Briggs Institute, and Physiotherapy Evidence Database. Search terms included combinations of words to encompass all terms most likely used for powered mobility. Results: Eleven studies were eligible for inclusion. One study was a true experimental design; four studies were pre-experimental, and six were nonexperimental. Studies indicated positive improvements to occupational engagement and independence while environmental barriers were identified as negatively impacting occupation and increasing risk of injury or accident. Conclusions: Drawing conclusions from this research are problematic due to varying methodological quality. This review suggested two distinct themes: environmental barriers generate difficulties and challenges, which can subsequently result in accident or injury, and access to powered mobility impacts positively on areas of independence, quality of life, mobility and engagement. Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02703181.2013.846451