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A Randomized Exercise Trial for Wheelchair Users

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kathleen Grobe, University of Kansas Identifier:
First received: March 19, 2009
Last updated: June 13, 2012
Last verified: April 2010
People with mobility disabilities are at greater risk than the general population for incurring health problems. Many of these conditions are preventable through behavior and lifestyle changes such as exercise and physical activity. Recent evidence suggests that people with disabilities experience the same physiologic response to exercise as the general population. Nonetheless, nearly three-fourths of those with disabilities report being entirely sedentary or not active enough to achieve health benefits. Despite some knowledge of issues that limit physical activity among this population, few studies have investigated methods for promoting physical activity adoption among people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention to promote physical activity adoption over 6 months and maintenance of physical activity over another 6 months by community-dwelling manual wheelchair users.

Condition Intervention
Spinal Cord Injury
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Cerebral Palsy
Spina Bifida
Other: Educational session to promote physical activity
Other: Minimal contact

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: A Randomized Exercise Trial for Wheelchair Users

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weekly minutes spent in aerobic and strengthening activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 12, 26 and 52 weeks ]

Enrollment: 135
Study Start Date: May 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Intervention group to promote physical activity
Other: Educational session to promote physical activity
Educational session, goal setting, self monitoring of daily engagement in physical activity
Minimal contact control group
Other: Minimal contact
Self guided education manual about adopting physical activity, self monitor daily engagement in physical activity


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be experiencing a permanent disability of at least 6 months that limits mobility sufficiently to require use of a wheelchair as the primary method of mobility outside the home
  • Have not been moderately to vigorously physically active for the past 6 months
  • Be willing to attend the educational workshop
  • Receive physician approval for participation

Exclusion criteria include:

  • Presence of medical conditions such as uncontrolled cardiovascular problems that the patient's physician identifies as being contraindicated for exercise
  • Pregnancy or planning to become pregnant
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00866112

United States, Kansas
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, United States, 66045
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Kansas
Principal Investigator: Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD University of Kansas
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Kathleen Grobe, Assitant Professor, University of Kansas Identifier: NCT00866112     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10053
Study First Received: March 19, 2009
Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:
Wheelchair use
Spinal cord injury
Multiple sclerosis
Muscular dystrophy
Cerebral palsy
Spina bifida

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Spinal Cord Injuries
Cerebral Palsy
Muscular Dystrophies
Spinal Dysraphism
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Muscular Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Neural Tube Defects
Nervous System Malformations
Congenital Abnormalities processed this record on April 27, 2017