The Experience of Being Grounded: A Phenomenological Study of Living with a Wheelchair
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 193–201, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Barlew, L., Secrest, J., Guo, Z., Fell, N. and Haban, G. (2013), The Experience of Being Grounded: A Phenomenological Study of Living with a Wheelchair. Rehabilitation Nursing, 38: 193–201. doi: 10.1002/rnj.96
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2012
- Wheelchair experience;
- quality of life
The purpose of this existential-phenomenological study was to investigate the experience of being in a wheelchair. It was a prelude to a pilot study examining the effect of “seated” Tai Chi.
An interpretive research group was used as were direct quotations to support the analysis. The interview question was as follows: “please describe specific experiences you have had in your wheelchair that stand out for you.”
The interrelated themes were (a) humiliation, (b) frustration, (c) loss, and (d) humility, arising from a ground of self as disabled and time.
The accommodations from the ADA Act have greatly facilitated the independence for those who are disabled, yet many obstacles remain.
People using wheelchairs experience the same health problems as the able-bodied and are thus found in all areas of nursing practice.