Randomized controlled trial protocol feasibility: The Wheelchair Self-Efficacy Enhanced for Use (WheelSeeU)
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BACKGROUND: Manual wheelchairs (MWCs) can improve mobility and social participation for individuals who experience difficulty walking; however, older adults receive little training for wheelchair use. The Wheelchair Self-Efficacy Enhanced for Use (WheelSeeU) research program provides peer-led training that may positively influence wheelchair use while reducing clinician burden. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and clinical outcomes of WheelSeeU. METHOD: A randomized control trial (RCT) recruits and randomly assigns 40 MWC users (55+ years). Feasibility indicators assessing process, resource, management, and treatment issues are measured, and clinical outcomes (wheelchair skills, safety, confidence, mobility, social participation, quality of life, health utility) are collected at three time points. IMPLICATIONS: WheelSeeU provides an innovative approach for teaching wheelchair skills to an aging population that may improve wheelchair use and decrease clinician burden. Since RCTs are expensive and challenging in rehabilitation, establishing feasibility prior to larger effectiveness trials is prudent.
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