The impact of COVID-19 on people with SCI and rehabilitation access

Researcher(s): Dr. Andrei Krassioukov

Currently there is a limited understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, such as the SCI community. In addition, people with SCI may be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to pandemic mitigation strategies focused around physical distancing, which interrupts access to caregiver support and rehabilitative services. This study aims to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of rehabilitation services towards people with SCI and their mental health.

Why should you participate in this study?

We hope that the insights gained from this study will allow us to develop clinical guidelines targeting the needs identified through the study, particularly with delivery of rehabilitation services.

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

  • have a traumatic SCI (>12 months post injury) and:
    • are 19-65 years old
    • participate in physical rehabilitation and are living at home in the community (in Canada)
    • have good command and comprehension of English
    • have access to a video-conference capable device with a webcam, microphone, and reliable internet connection
  • are a rehabilitation service provider:
    • including a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who works with individuals with SCI
    • have good command and comprehension of English
    • have access to video-conference capable device with a webcam, microphone, and reliable internet connection

You may not be able to participate in this study if you:

  • have had a documented traumatic brain injury at any point in your life
  • have a previous history of severe cognitive impairment

Time Commitment

The study will take approximately 1.5 hours. This includes a 30-minute online questionnaire and one-hour video interview.

Compensation for participation

Participants will win a single entry for completing each half of the study (online survey, and interview if chosen) to win a $100, $75, or $50 Amazon gift card.

Where will the study take place?

Remotely (online survey / phone / video call)

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact

  • Tahira Tejpar by email or call 604-675-8856
  • Laura McCracken by email or call 604-675-8816