spinal cord injury research

Equity and Quality in Assistive Technology for Individuals with SCI (EQUATE)

Researchers are collecting information about types and frequency of wheelchair breakdowns and repairs using a smartphone app. The information collected will help researchers track the types of wheelchair failures to inform wheelchair users. 

Participants complete surveys about themselves and their wheelchairs and are asked to log any breakdowns or failures of wheelchair parts in the app. 

The second phase of this study is now enrolling participants and is being administered directly through the University of Pittsburgh. You can find more information here.

Actively Recruiting

Participants are prompted to complete questions about how they use their wheelchair and report repairs as long as they have the app, or up to 5 years. 

Inclusion Criteria
  • Individuals who use a wheelchair as a primary means of mobility (greater than 40 hours a week)
  • must have access to a smartphone or portable tablet device that can access the internet 

The first 200 participants will receive compensation. Individuals with SCI will receive up to $120, including $10 per quarterly update, for a period of two years and $10 per week, up to 4 weeks, for utilizing the GPS feature. Non-SCI participants have the chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet per quarterly update, for a period of two years and $10 per week, up to 4 weeks, for utilizing the GPS feature.

Research Categories
Spinal Cord Injury
Tele Studies
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