Biomechanics of Wheelchair Transfers
This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
First received: March 19, 2008
Last updated: December 17, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
This is a laboratory-based study to evaluate the risk of shoulder injury associated with transfers between wheelchair and vehicle in persons with spinal cord injury. Four new devices will be compared against an unassisted transfer.
||Observational Model: Case-Crossover
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
||Evaluation of Transfer Technologies to Preserve Shoulder Function in SCI
Primary Outcome Measures:
- Shoulder kinematics & kinetics [ Time Frame: Calculated during task performance for each of the 5 devices tested ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
| Study Start Date:
| Study Completion Date:
| Primary Completion Date:
||March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
|Ages Eligible for Study:
||18 Years to 65 Years
|Genders Eligible for Study:
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
A sample of 58 veterans with paraplegia who use a rigid manual wheelchair will be recruited to participate in this study.
- level of SCI will be limited to ASIA A classification at T2 through L5 level to standardize physical capabilities,
- SCI for at least 2 years (neurologically stable,
- use rigid manual wheelchair as a primary means of mobility,
- able to self-propel wheelchair,
- able to independently transfer between wheelchair and vehicle,
- between the ages of 18-65,
- living in the community within 100 miles of the Tampa VA hospital,
- able to follow simple instructions,
- free from acute upper extremity injury for at least six months (determined by chart review) to minimize risk of injury during task performance,
- comparable bilateral functional range of motion and strength of the shoulders, elbows and wrists (determined by physical evaluation) to minimize risk of injury during task performance.
Candidates who present:
- progressive disease (e.g. spinal tumor),
- extended bedrest for more than 30 days,
- any cardiac or respiratory condition that would limit subject's physical performance,
- unstable medical conditions,
- use of power wheelchair or scooter as primary means of mobility,
- clinical evidence of severe musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity will be precluded from participating in this study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00645567
|James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
|Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612-4745 |
||John D. Lloyd, PhD BS
||James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
No publications provided
||Department of Veterans Affairs
History of Changes
|Other Study ID Numbers:
|Study First Received:
||March 19, 2008
||December 17, 2014
||United States: Federal Government
Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Spinal Cord Injury
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 23, 2015
Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries