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Researcher(s): Dr. William Miller

Project title: Wheelchair self-efficacy enhanced training program to improve wheelchair use in older adults (WheelSeeU): The WheelSeeU feasibility study

Researchers are interested in evaluating the effect of a peer-lead wheelchair training program on manual wheelchair use in older adults.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are 50 years of age or older
  • Reside in the community
  • Use a manual wheelchair, on average, at least 1 hour/day
  • Able to self-propel (using any combination of hands or feet) a distance of 10 meters
  • Have wheelchair mobility goals
  • Able to read, write and speak at a Grade 8 English level

What is involved?

Participants will be assigned to one of two groups; either an intervention or control group. Both groups will be asked to take part in 2 data collection sessions. The intervention group will participate in 6 group training sessions. The control group will participate in 6 social activity sessions.

Why you might like to participate:

Your participation in this study will help us determine if this training program will be feasible to implement in a community based capacity. As a result of participating, you may improve your wheelchair mobility. A stipend will be provided to you for your involvement.


If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Kate Keetch at kate.keetch@ubc.ca or phone 604-714-4108.

Researchers: Dr. Bill Miller; Krista Best