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Effects of Axle Positions on Wheelchair Skills in Manual Wheelchair Users

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00949143
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 30, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 28, 2011
Information provided by:
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment
Physical Disability Other: rear axle position Other: forward axle position

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 15 participants
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
Study Start Date : May 2009
Primary Completion Date : February 2011
Study Completion Date : February 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
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.

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

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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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): 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

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dr. R. Lee Kirby, Capital District Health Authority
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00949143     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA-RS-2009-182
First Posted: July 30, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 28, 2011
Last Verified: March 2011

Keywords provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:
wheelchair user