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Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2017 Jul 17;4:18. doi: 10.1186/s40814-017-0158-3. eCollection 2018.

Feasibility of the trial procedures for a randomized controlled trial of a community-based peer-led wheelchair training program for older adults.

Best KL1,2, Miller WC3,4,5, Routhier F1,2, Eng JJ6,4,5.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC Canada.
2
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Centre integré de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale, Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Quebec City, QC Canada.
3
The Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada.
4
The Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Research Institute, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver, BC Canada.
5
Rehabilitation Research Lab, UBC Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Vancouver, BC Canada.
6
The Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A novel peer-led manual wheelchair (MWC) training program may support the training needs of older adults, but establishing program feasibility is a pragmatic first step. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a peer-led Wheelchair training Self-Efficacy Enhanced for Use (WheelSeeU) program.

METHODS:

Forty MWC users (mean age 65 years) were randomly assigned to the experimental (WheelSeeU) or control group. Feasibility indicators of process, resources, management, and safety were collected throughout the study.

RESULTS:

The consent rate was 49%. Participant retention rate was 90% post-intervention and 87.5% at follow-up (6 months). All participants reported perceived benefits from WheelSeeU. Participants and trainers adhered to the study protocol (>90%), and fidelity of the WheelSeeU intervention was attained (>90%). There were no adverse events.

CONCLUSIONS:

WheelSeeU is an innovative and feasible approach for providing MWC training to older adults that is accessible beyond initial rehabilitation without increased clinician burden. With minor modifications, it is feasible that WheelSeeU can be administered to older adults living in the community.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

NCT01838135.

KEYWORDS:

Manual wheelchair; Older adults; Peer training; Rehabilitation; Self-efficacy

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