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Enhancing Participation In the Community by Improving Wheelchair Skills: Phase 2 (EPIC WheelS)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Manitoba Identifier:
First received: July 13, 2012
Last updated: February 12, 2015
Last verified: January 2014
The purpose of this project is to conduct a pilot study of the EPIC WheelS wheelchair skills home training program for older adults in preparation for a third phase feasibility study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Older Adult Manual Wheelchair Users
Other: EPIC WheelS
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Enhancing Participation In the Community by Improving Wheelchair Skills (EPIC WheelS): Phase 2

Further study details as provided by University of Manitoba:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change From Baseline in Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) 4.1 Capacity Score [ Time Frame: Baseline and follow-up (1 month) ]
    The WST is a structured assessment with 32 discrete mobility skills required to perform social roles in the community, each scored dichotomously as pass/fail. The WST produces a total Skill Capacity score (0-100%) reflecting the number of skills safely passed.

Enrollment: 2
Study Start Date: August 2012
Study Completion Date: March 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: EPIC Wheels Training Intervention
EPIC Wheels skills training program
Other: EPIC WheelS
EPIC WheelS is a user-centred program for wheelchair skills training that combines two structured 1-hour sessions with an expert trainer and four weeks of self-directed practice and training in the natural (home) environment.

Detailed Description:
Many older adults rely on a manual wheelchair for community mobility but are not provided with skills for independent and effective use. Suboptimal or disuse of the wheelchair results in substantial social costs such as reduced engagement in meaningful activity, social isolation, and higher caregiver burden. This represents a poor use of financial resources, including the cost of wheelchair acquisition and demands for attendant care. Access to skills training is constrained by the cost and limited availability of skilled therapists, the demands of patient and clinician travel, and lack of programs designed specifically for the needs of older adults. Enhancing Participation In the Community by improving Wheelchair Skills (EPIC WheelS) is an individualized home-training program that optimizes learning for older adults while limiting the demands on expert clinician trainers. It is delivered using a portable computer tablet that allows interactive learning, customized updating, and communication with an expert trainer. A monitored, home program that is effective and efficient for older adults has potential application for other target groups as well, particularly those with limited access to rehabilitation services in rural and remote locations.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • at least 50 years old
  • live in the community within metropolitan Winnipeg
  • self-propel a MWC (Manual Wheelchair) at least 1 hour per day
  • use their MWC for mobility outside of the home
  • have used a MWC for less than 2 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cannot communicate and complete study questionnaires in English
  • anticipate a health condition that contraindicates wheelchair training
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01644292

Canada, Manitoba
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0T6
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator: Ed M Giesbrecht, PhD (Cand.) University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator: William C Miller, PhD University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Janice Eng, PhD University of British Columbia
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Manitoba Identifier: NCT01644292     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H2012:069
Study First Received: July 13, 2012
Results First Received: August 12, 2013
Last Updated: February 12, 2015

Keywords provided by University of Manitoba:
Mobility Impairment
Manual Wheelchair
Older Adults processed this record on April 21, 2017