Risk Factors for Falls Among Wheelchair Users

Purpose of This Study

The main purpose of this research study is to examine risk factors for falls in wheelchair users who do not walk in the community.  Research has found that people who use wheelchairs fall more frequently and are at an increased risk for a spectrum of injuries.  Falls also often result in the development of concerns about falling that can decrease participation in everyday activities.  This study will examine the cause of falls in an effort to decrease the risks associated with falling.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey consisting of a series of questions pertaining to factors associated with fall risk, concerns of falling and activity avoidance associated with falls. The online survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.

To participate in this research study you must be:

1. >18 years old

2. Require either the use of bilateral support (2 canes, 2 crutches or a walker) to ambulate 25 feet or use a wheelchair as the main form of mobility.

3. Self reported inability to ambulate community distances outside of the home

4.Self reported ability to transfer with moderate assistance (participant expends >25% of the effort) or less

5. Able to understand and speak English

If you are interested in completing the on-line survey, you can access it here:



Interested in the Survey?

Are you interested in completing the on-line survey on risk factors for falls among wheelchair users?  You can access the survey by clicking on the following link: