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Wheelchair Handling Skills of Caregivers: Comparison Between Anti-tip Devices and a New Design

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00377533
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 18, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 5, 2010
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Currently available wheelchairs are often fitted with conventional rear anti-tip devices (C-RADs) to prevent wheelchair rear tips. The limitations of C-RADs have provided an incentive for the design of rear anti-tip devices that permit more rear tip without compromising safety (Arc-RADs).

The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that caregivers handling occupied wheelchairs equipped with Arc-RADs have higher success rates on RAD-relevant skills than caregivers handling wheelchairs equipped with C-RADs.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Healthy Device: wheelchair rear anti-tip device

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 32 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Wheelchair Handling Skills of Caregivers: Comparison Between Conventional Rear Anti-tip Devices and a New Design
Study Start Date : December 2004
Primary Completion Date : October 2007
Study Completion Date : October 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Caregivers
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Arms and Interventions

Intervention Details:
    Device: wheelchair rear anti-tip device
    assistive device

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Wheelchair Skills Test [ Time Frame: day ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • alert, able and willing to follow instructions
  • wheelchair users: patients at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
  • wheelchair users:permission of physician to participate in the study
  • caregiver:must provide at least part-time wheelchair-handling care for the wheelchair user in this study, a minimum of one hour per week on average

Exclusion Criteria:

  • wheelchair users:suffer from any unstable medical, emotional, or physiological conditions that may interfere with participation
  • caregivers:medical condition of their upper limbs, heart or lungs that might cause them discomfort or endanger them when pushing or pulling an occupied wheelchair
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00377533

Canada, Nova Scotia
QEII Health Science Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4K4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Principal Investigator: Lee Kirby, MD, FRCPC Dalhousie University, QEII Health Sciences Centre
More Information

Additional Information:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00377533     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA013
First Posted: September 18, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 5, 2010
Last Verified: July 2009

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