Completed Research Studies

6. Title: Investigation of Assistive Technology for Mobility used by Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury

Purpose: The objectives of this study are first, to investigate the impact of policy changes on customizability and features of wheelchairs and the number of working wheelchairs an individual owns (component 1), and secondly to investigate distance traveled, time spent active, and speed traveled in a power and/or manual wheelchair and its relationship to wheelchair provided, wheelchair breakdown, quality of life and wheelchair skills (component 2).

Principal Investigator: Ralph J. Marino, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Mary Schmidt-Read, MS, PT; Mary Patrick, RN, MSN

Background: This study has two components. The first component will examine the types, quality and number of wheelchairs being recommended for individuals with a spinal cord injury and how this information relates to patient related factors. This information will be gathered by questionnaire.

The second component of the study will investigate how often wheelchairs are being used, how often wheelchair users participate in activities, the skills of wheelchair users, and other related information on wheelchair users This information will be gathered by having a data logging devices mounted onto the wheelchair.

Study Dates: October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2011

Status: Study Completed

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