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Wheelchair Skills Training for Mobility Impairments

Research Sponsored by Grand Valley State University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Have a condition resulting in difficulties walking
Use a manual wheelchair greater than or equal to 25% of the time
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up baseline,pre-intervention and immediately after the conclusion of the 6 week intervention
Awards & highlights


This trial looks at the effects of a skills training program on children's ability to use manual wheelchairs independently.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for children aged 5-17 with physical disabilities like spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, or genetic disorders who use a manual wheelchair at least 25% of the time. They must be able to follow simple instructions and have an English-speaking parent/caregiver. Participants need to live in Michigan and have a safe wheelchair.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The 'Skills on Wheels' program aims to improve manual wheelchair skills and confidence among children with physical disabilities. It will also assess the impact on psychosocial skills, social participation, and adaptive behavior as part of pilot data for future research.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
There are no specific side effects mentioned for this training intervention; however, safety concerns are addressed by ensuring participants can safely engage in manual wheelchair training.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
I have trouble walking due to my condition.
I use a manual wheelchair for at least a quarter of my day.
I am between 5 and 17 years old and will remain under 18 for the study.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~baseline,pre-intervention and immediately after the conclusion of the 6 week intervention
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and baseline,pre-intervention and immediately after the conclusion of the 6 week intervention for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Change in manual wheelchair skill confidence
Change in manual wheelchair skill performance
Change in manual wheelchair skills performance
Secondary outcome measures
Change in adaptive skills
Change in behavior
Changes in perceptions regarding the manual wheelchair skills intervention

Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Manual wheelchair skills trainingExperimental Treatment1 Intervention

Research Highlights

Information in this section is not a recommendation. We encourage patients to speak with their healthcare team when evaluating any treatment decision.
Mechanism Of Action
Side Effect Profile
Prior Approvals
Other Research
The most common treatments for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) often include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and specialized training programs like Skills on Wheels. These interventions work by enhancing motor skills, improving wheelchair maneuverability, and building confidence in independent mobility. They also focus on psychosocial aspects, helping patients develop better social participation and adaptive behaviors. This holistic approach is crucial for SCI patients as it not only improves their physical capabilities but also boosts their mental health and social integration, leading to a higher quality of life and greater independence.
Re-inventing yourself after spinal cord injury: a site-specific randomized clinical trial.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Grand Valley State UniversityLead Sponsor
12 Previous Clinical Trials
8,675 Total Patients Enrolled

Media Library

Manual Wheelchair Skills Training Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05339932 — N/A
Spinal Cord Injury Research Study Groups: Manual wheelchair skills training
Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial 2023: Manual Wheelchair Skills Training Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05339932 — N/A
Manual Wheelchair Skills Training 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05339932 — N/A
~1 spots leftby Nov 2024