Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Equity and Assistive Technology for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (EQuATE)

We are looking at the assistive technology used by individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other non-SCI wheelchair users, including wheelchair make, model, and any repairs. Our goal through this study is to track the rate of wheelchair breakdowns as well as adverse consequences. Up to 1,350 individuals who use a wheelchair will participate in this multi-center research study.

Research Eligibilty:

  • You use a wheelchair as a primary means of mobility (greater than 40 hours a week)

  • You have access to a smartphone or portable tablet device that can access the internet.

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Web-Based Maintenance Training

We are trying to determine if a web-based training program is effective at improving wheelchair maintenance skills. We are recruiting individuals for this research study that use a wheelchair for a majority of their mobility.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked questions about yourself, your wheelchair, and your knowledge of wheelchair maintenance. The training program can be started or stopped at any time. You will be compensated for your time for participating in this study.

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Characterizing Activity Patterns After Spinal Cord Injury

The goal of this study is to predict mobility at discharge and at 1-year post-discharge, based upon patient characteristics and activity during inpatient rehabilitation to improve patient and clinician understanding of anticipated changes in mobility in the year following SCI to appropriately target expectations and interventions to maximize functional outcomes. Additionally, we aim to evaluate changes in functional mobility (i.e., wheeling ⇆ walking or changes in activity within mode) in the first year post injury and their impact on quality of life and participation.

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