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Power Mobility Training for Persons With Stroke

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lee Kirby, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier:
First received: June 18, 2009
Last updated: August 31, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
To test the hypothesis that persons with stroke can safely and effectively learn to use power mobility devices. The primary objective of this project is to test the hypothesis that, with formal wheelchair skills training, people who have had a stroke and have been prescribed a power wheelchair will have a larger improvement in performance and safety scores on the wheelchair skills test than people who have not received wheelchair skills training.

Condition Intervention
Other: wheelchair skills training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Power Mobility Training for Persons With Stroke: A Randomized Control Trial

Further study details as provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Wheelchair skills test - power mobility version [ Time Frame: Pre and post intervention, 3 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • questionnaire [ Time Frame: post intervention (3 weeks), 3 month follow-up ]

Enrollment: 27
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: intervention
receive wheelchair skills training
Other: wheelchair skills training
Five 30-minute training sessions, at a target frequency of 3-5 sessions per week, aimed at improving their power wheelchair skills.
Other Name: WSP
No Intervention: control
no formalized wheelchair skills training provided


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • be an inpatient at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre with a primary diagnosis of stroke within the previous 6 months;
  • be competent to provide informed consent;
  • have permission of the attending physician to participate;
  • require no more than minimal assistance for verbal/non-verbal communication and auditory comprehension as evaluated by a therapist or by chart review of the baseline CIHI evaluation;27
  • be able to attend during a 20-minute therapy session as evaluated by the occupational or physical therapist;
  • use a manual wheelchair for at least 1 hour per day;
  • be able to be safely seated in the power wheelchair that we will be using for the study;
  • have no significant visual impairment (such that a subject would be unable to see barriers) as evaluated by his/her therapist based on his/her performance during functional tasks;
  • Not currently be using a power wheelchair
  • have no physical or mental health condition (as determined by the health-care team) that would make participation dangerous.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00924872

Canada, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4K4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Principal Investigator: Lee Kirby, MD Capital Distric Health Authority, Dalhousie University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Lee Kirby, Attending Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier: NCT00924872     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA-RS-2008-45
Study First Received: June 18, 2009
Last Updated: August 31, 2012

Keywords provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:
power wheelchair skills

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017