Use of "Smart Wheelchairs" to Provide Independent Mobility to Visual and Mobility Impairments
|Blindness Spinal Cord Injury||Device: Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM) Device: Smart Wheelchair Component System (SWCS)|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Use of "Smart Wheelchairs" to Provide Independent Mobility to Visual and Mobility Impairments|
- Time to Complete Trial Wheelchair Course [ Time Frame: Two years ]Time to complete the course was recorded. The indoor course was set up in the research laboratory to include a straight path and 90 degree turns that included obstacles such as a cardboard box, a large orange cone, and a desk chair. The location of these obstacles were randomly placed in order to test whether or not the SPAM or SWCS was able to detect objects.
|Study Start Date:||June 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: SPAM and SWCS
Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM) Smart Wheelchair Component System (SWCS)
Device: Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM)
Experimental Power wheelchair utilized to traverse prescribed courseDevice: Smart Wheelchair Component System (SWCS)
Experimental power wheelchair utilized to traverse prescribed course
There are currently very few mobility options for veterans who have a mobility impairment and visual impairment, and this population will grow as the number of older veteran's increases. The goal of this project is to evaluate the Smart Wheelchair Component System (SWCS) for power wheelchairs and the Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM) for manual wheelchairs in realistic indoor environments with target users performing realistic tasks. We will combine group trials involving individuals who have a visual impairment (and may or may not have a mobility impairment) with several single-case studies involving individuals who have a visual and mobility impairment.
The key questions that will be addresses by the proposed research are:
Can smart wheelchair technology improve performance on realistic navigation tasks for individuals with visual and mobility impairments?
Will smart wheelchair technology increase the amount of independent travel by individuals with visual and mobility impairments?
Will using a smart wheelchair for an extended period of time diminish a person's ability to operate a "traditional" wheeled mobility aid?
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00333762
|United States, Georgia|
|Atlanta VA Medical and Rehab Center, Decatur|
|Decatur, Georgia, United States, 30033|
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Division, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15240|
|Principal Investigator:||Richard Simpson, PhD||VAPHS|