Activities linked to wheelchair choice, fitting and positioning are part of a sector which has known numerous evolutions for the last 40 years globally and for the last 15 years in France. The impact of the problems on the body and on everyday life for the wheelchair user is better understood and taken into consideration. Consequently, various evaluation tools have been created since the 90’s. The range of products available has grown and strategies to meet the needs, such as the Mobility and Positioning Clinics (MPC), have been developed. These practices are staffed by specialized teams, trained in wheelchair seating, fitting and positioning, and those who work in a trans-disciplinary manner with the necessary means to meet the needs of (all) service users are usually followed by local community teams. Not all French Regions already have such services available; however, the association “Positi’F” works towards this aim. There is still a lot of work to be accomplished, such as knowledge development through the implication of the MPC in research as well as the harmonization of protocols through evidence based practice.
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