Effectiveness of a Wheelchair Skills Training Program for Power Mobility Users: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by Capital District Health Authority, Canada
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lee Kirby, Capital District Health Authority, Canada
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01432418
First received: September 8, 2011
Last updated: March 6, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
  Purpose

This is a 3-year multi-centre, single-blinded, randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the hypothesis that wheelchair skills training (using a systematic training program called the Wheelchair Skills Training Program) improves wheelchair skills and safety of 144 powered wheelchair users. A second objective is to assess the effects of age, sex, training centre, and participant experience on outcomes, assessing the retention of benefits and assessing the impact of training on other important outcomes.


Condition Intervention
Movement Disorders
Other: Wheelchair skills training program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effectiveness of a Wheelchair Skills Training Program for Power Mobility Users: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Capital District Health Authority, Canada:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in Wheelchair Skills, WST 4.1 questionnaire version [ Time Frame: baseline, 1 month , 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    A measure of what the person 'can do' (capacity), 'does do' (performance), and the safety of various wheelchair skills. The Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) version 4.1 in questionnaire format will be used.


Estimated Enrollment: 144
Study Start Date: June 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: wheelchair training Other: Wheelchair skills training program
A training program that uses methods based on the rehabilitation, wheelchair, and motor skills literature to teach wheelchair skills.
No Intervention: Control
Standard of care only

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • new or experienced powered wheelchair users
  • use or are expected to use powered wheelchairs for at least 4 hrs/week
  • have access to a powered wheelchair with a suitable range of controller settings (i.e. able to climb a 5cm level change) for testing and training
  • equal or greater than 18 years of age
  • able to follow directions in either French or English (whichever is in use at the participating site)
  • have the potential to operate their powered wheelchairs independently
  • have room for improvement (in the opinion of the potential participant's clinician)
  • requires no more than minimal assistance for communication and auditory comprehension (in the opinion of the potential participant's clinician)
  • able to follow 2-step commands
  • demonstrate the ability to attend training sessions during the intake session
  • competent to provide their own informed consent
  • able to be comfortably seated in the powered wheelchairs that will be used for the study (if not their own).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • use or are expected to use a scooter
  • have a rapidly progressive disorder (e.g. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or terminal cancer)
  • have significant visual impairments (legally blind)
  • have unstable medical conditions (e.g. angina, seizures)
  • have emotional problems (e.g. severe anxiety, depression) that might make participation unsafe or unpleasant
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01432418

Contacts
Contact: Lee Kirby, MD, FRCP 902-473-1268 Lee.Kirby@cdha.nshealth.ca

Locations
Canada, British Columbia
GFS Rehabilitation Centre Recruiting
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5Z 2G9
Contact: Bill Miller, PhD    604-714-4107    billm@mail.ubc.ca   
Principal Investigator: Bill Miller, PhD         
Canada, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Recruiting
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4K4
Canada, Ontario
University of Western Ontario Recruiting
London, Ontario, Canada, N6G 1H1
Contact: Jan Polgar, PhD    519 661-2111 ext 86680    jpolgar@uwo.ca   
Principal Investigator: Jan Polgar, PhD         
Toronto Rehab Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1V7
Contact: Alex Mihailidis, PhD    416-946-8565    alex.mihailidis@utoronto.ca   
Principal Investigator: Alex Mihailidis,, PhD         
Canada, Quebec
Centre de Réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau Recruiting
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2H 2N8
Contact: Louise Demers, PhD    514- 343-6111 ext 4397    louise.demers@umontreal.ca   
Principal Investigator: Louise Demers, PhD         
Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Réadaptation et Intégration Sociale Recruiting
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, G1M 2S8
Contact: Francois Routhier, PhD    418-529-9141 ext 6256    francois.routhier@rea.ulaval.ca   
Principal Investigator: Francois Routhier         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Capital District Health Authority, Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Lee Kirby, MD, FRCP Capital District Health Authority, Canada
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Lee Kirby, Attending Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, Capital District Health Authority, Canada
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01432418     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 230378, CDHA-RS/2012-133
Study First Received: September 8, 2011
Last Updated: March 6, 2014
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada

Keywords provided by Capital District Health Authority, Canada:
rehabilitation
wheelchairs
safety
disability evaluation
motor skills

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 26, 2014