User perceptions of power-assist devices for manual wheelchairs

Power-assist devices are electric add-ons that can be attached to manual wheelchairs. These devices may enable users to access diverse environments, increase their sense of choice and independence, and conserve energy. In this study, participants will engage in focus groups and interviews to share perceptions of existing power-assist devices and provide feedback on needed and preferred improvements.

Why should you participate in this study?

Information gathered will be used to inform the development of new power-assist devices that incorporate the needs and priorities of end-users.

You may be able to participate in this study if you:

  • are a manual wheelchair user, and
    • are at least 14 years of age
    • have at least 6 months of experience using a manual wheelchair independently
    • use a manual wheelchair daily, or use a manual wheelchair and power wheelchair interchangeably
  • are a healthcare provider
    • including clinicians (e.g. occupational therapists (OTs), physiotherapists (PTs), seating/mobility specialists, or other health professionals who are currently practicing
    • with at least 6 months of professional experience related to wheelchair prescription or wheelchair skills training

Time Commitment

2 hours maximum

Compensation for participation

Participants will be receive a $75 honorarium after completing the study.

Where will the study take place? 

GF Strong Rehab Centre; ICORD

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact Allison Wood by email or call 604-737-6491