COMIT – Collaborative on Mobility Training Study - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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COMIT – Collaborative on Mobility Training Study

What is this the goal of this study

The goal of this project is to determine the effect of wheelchair mobility & maintenance training on participation and quality of life in people with SCI (spinal cord injury).

Wheelchair Skills Training Program:

Wheelchair Skills Training Program

We are conducting this research to determine the effect of a wheelchair skills training program on outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). We are interested to see if the wheelchair skills training is an effective method of teaching skills.

Eligibility Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria

  • Manual wheelchair users with SCI who independently propel their wheelchairs
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic injury as long as it is non-progressive
  • Use a wheelchair as primary means of mobility (>50% of weekly mobility)
  • Living in the community
  • Age 18 to 75
  • WST-Q total score ≤90

Exclusion Criteria

  • Cognitive impairment that could interfere with learning either intervention (mini-mental exam score of <23)

Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program:

Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program

We are conducting this research to determine the effect of a wheelchair maintenance training program on outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). We are interested to see if the maintenance training program that we have developed is an effective process to teach wheelchair maintenance.

Eligibility Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria

  • Traumatic and non-traumatic injury as long as it is non-progressive
  • Use a wheelchair as primary means of mobility (>50% of weekly mobility)
  • Living in the community
  • Age 18 to 75

Exclusion Criteria

  • Cognitive impairment that could interfere with learning either intervention (mini-mental exam score of <23)

***Note: Individuals who use a push-rim activated power assist wheelchair cannot be included in the study at this time.

Funding Source:
Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Grant # H133A120004.

Principal Investigator:
Michael Boninger, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Model System
RIC Site Directors:
Director: Allen W Heinemann, PhD, RIC – Chicago
Co-Director: Jessica Pedersen, OTR/L – RIC Chicago
Recruitment: Brian Weiland, Sara Jerousek

Contact Information:
If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Brian Weiland (bweiland@ric.org ) or 312-238-3050