Participation of Manual Wheelchair Users in the Community

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Need to recruit research staff)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kim Parker, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier:
First received: February 22, 2011
Last updated: May 5, 2015
Last verified: May 2015

To explore the relationship between ability to do different wheelchair skills and the participation and quality of life of wheelchair users in and around their home and community. The investigators study hypothesis:

  1. Self-reported capacity of wheelchair skills (ability to do wheelchair skills) is strongly related to self-reported participation.
  2. Self-reported capacity of wheelchair skills (ability to do wheelchair skills) is related to the average daily distance traveled in their wheelchair.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Participation of Manual Wheelchair Users in the Community: The Relationship to Wheelchair Skills Capacity

Further study details as provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Wheelchair Skills Test Questionnaire Capacity Version [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Participants will be asked if they can perform 32 skills from the WST 4.1 (capacity)using a structured interview approach. A skill will be considered a pass if done describing a safe manner.

  • Impact on Participation and Autonomy Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This measure addresses autonomy with respect to activities and participation, and is a self-report measure.

  • Average Distance Travelled [ Time Frame: Up to a week time period, one time measure ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The average distance treavelled per day over a week in the participant's wheelchair will be measured.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale short form [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Self-reported depression.

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Wheelchair users
People who have a wheelchair for home and community use.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community sample of people who use manual wheelchairs

Inclusion Criteria:

  • have a manual wheelchair for home and community use;
  • use a manual wheelchair at least once a week;
  • have a minimum of 3 months experience using a manual wheelchair outside the hospital setting;
  • be over the age of 18;
  • be able to read and understand English and follow verbal and visual instructions;
  • be competent to give informed consent;
  • be willing to take part in the study, including signing the consent after carefully reading it;
  • not have been under significant bed rest for the past month.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01301846

Canada, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4K4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Scotia Health Authority
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Kim Parker, Rehabilitation Engineer, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier: NCT01301846     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA-RS/2011-082 
Study First Received: February 22, 2011
Last Updated: May 5, 2015
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada processed this record on February 04, 2016