“Effectiveness of Wheelchair Skills Training for Caregivers of Manual Wheelchair Users”
Although there is strong evidence to support the role of wheelchair skills training for wheelchair users when receiving a new wheelchair, there has never been a randomized controlled study looking at the effectiveness of training the caregivers. The main purpose of this study is to test if providing wheelchair skills training to caregivers of new manual wheelchair users enhances caregiver-assisted wheelchair skills ability and confidence in comparison to a control group of participants who are receiving usual care while on a wait list for wheelchair skills training. The investigators will also study whether the benefits of training are still seen at a 6-week follow-up and assess the health-economic impact of caregiver training.
Wheelchair skills training
The wheelchair user and caregiver will be trained together on wheelchair skills, using the principles of the Wheelchair Skills Training Program, as outlined in the Wheelchair Skills Program Manual. Each training session will be with a trainer-to-dyad ratio of 1:1 1 dyad = 1 manual wheelchair user + his/her caregiver. Training will continue until the goals have been met and retained (for at least one subsequent session), using up to 4 training sessions that will each last 30-60 minutes at interva ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Effectiveness of Wheelchair Skills Training for Caregivers of Manual Wheelchair Users: a Randomized Waitlist-controlled Trial