Fall Prediction Among Non-Ambulatory Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

We are working to evaluate factors of daily living that are able to predict falls among wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI). The study is funded by the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation and being performed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All testing for this study will be completely online using a video conference software (e.g., Zoom or FaceTime).

Falls are common events among non-ambulatory individuals with SCI leading to decreased general health, well-being, and quality of life. To improve examination procedures performed by physical therapists and to guide fall prevention treatment programs in this population, we aim to identify factors that can predict future falls among wheelchair users with SCI. We expect that the results will enhance the clinical practice of physical and occupational therapists to improve evaluation techniques, guide high quality treatment and provide targeted care. This will ultimately help to improve the quality of life of wheelchair users with SCI.

If you would like to participate, you will be asked to respond to online questionnaires, attend 2 remote study assessments and track your falls for a period of 6 months between both remote assessments. Participating in this study will require 120 min of your time, 90 min during the first remote assessment including 60 min to complete online questionnaires and 30 min to assess your sitting balance. In addition, you will need 30 min for the second remote assessment which will consist only of your sitting balance assessment.

For your time, you will be compensated $20 for the completion of the first assessment and additional $10 for the completion of the second assessment.

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Email or call us if you:

  • Have chronic spinal cord injury or spina bifida, at least 12 months after injury
  • Self-report use of wheelchair for at least 75% of mobility
  • 18 years old or older
  • No additional upper limb injury affecting the ability to lift arms above the head
  • Able to communicate with research team through video conference software
  • Have a care partner or family member who can provide assistance during the online assessment

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at: dpqoluiuc@outlook.com or 217-650-9295.