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Effects of Axle Positions on Wheelchair Skills in Manual Wheelchair Users

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Nova Scotia Health Authority Identifier:
First received: July 28, 2009
Last updated: March 25, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of altering the wheelchair set-up on mobility and safety by changing the rear-axle position on a manual wheelchair.

Condition Intervention
Physical Disability Other: rear axle position Other: forward axle position

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effects of Axle Positions on Wheelchair Skills in Manual Wheelchair Users

Further study details as provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Wheelchair skills test [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: May 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: forward position Other: forward axle position
Wheelchair will have the axle at least 5cm farther forward than the most rear axle position.
Experimental: rear position Other: rear axle position
Wheelchair axle position located as far towards the rear of the wheelchair as possible.


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • manual wheelchair users
  • minimum of 17 years of age
  • at least one week experience in a manual wheelchair, for at least an hour a day
  • alert
  • able to answer questions
  • able to fit in the testing wheelchairs
  • permission to participate from the attending physician

Exclusion Criteria:

  • significant visual impairments
  • unstable medical conditions (e.g., angina)
  • emotional/psychological problems that may make testing unpleasant
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00949143

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 FRCPC CDHA
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dr. R. Lee Kirby, Capital District Health Authority Identifier: NCT00949143     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA-RS-2009-182
Study First Received: July 28, 2009
Last Updated: March 25, 2011

Keywords provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:
wheelchair user processed this record on August 17, 2017