Wheelchair Study

Reprinted from PN October 2012

Internet-based training and group sessions will hone the skills of wheelchair users and prevent chair failures.

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have received a $4.5 million grant to help improve life for wheelchair users.

The five-year project led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will use Internet-based training and group sessions to hone the skills of wheelchair users and prevent wheelchair failures.

This research will involve more than 500 participants over four different sites, making it one of the largest studies of its kind. Among the other groups involved in the research are:


n          The Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System

n          The Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System

n          The South Florida Spinal Cord Injury System


This latest grant from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research comes barely two months after a published Pitt-UPMC study found 52% of people with spinal-cord injury required wheelchair repairs in the preceding six months.

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