FashionABLE: Adaptive fashion guide for the people, by the people with SCI

Researchers in Dr. Krassioukov’s lab are inviting people with SCI and health care professionals involved in the care of individuals with SCI to share their current perspectives and practices related to adaptive clothing. Our study includes a 30-minute web-based survey and an optional 40-minute online semi-structured interview.

Why should you participate in this study?

During rehabilitation for individuals with SCI, there are currently few recommendations regarding their options for appropriate clothing. Given the importance of adaptable/accessible clothing to quality of life, we aim to create an open-source clothing pattern library, complemented by a web-based resource, to facilitate diversity in clothing options for the SCI community. To realize this goal, the current study will establish the needs and desires of individuals with SCI regarding adaptive clothing.

If you have an SCI, you may be able to participate if you:

  • are above 19 years old
  • have a chronic injury (>3 months post-injury)
  • are participating/have participated in physical rehabilitation
  • have a good command and comprehension of English
  • (optional) have access to a video-conference capable device with a webcam, microphone, and reliable internet
  • have not experienced severe traumatic brain injury at any point in your life resulting in limited functional capacity, and/or a history of significant cognitive impairment

If you are a health care professional, you may be able to participate if you:

  • are practicing as a physician, occupational therapist, or physical therapist working with individuals with SCI (>1 year experience)
  • have good command and comprehension of English
  • (optional) have access to a video conference-capable device with a webcam, microphone, and reliable internet

Time commitment: 30 minutes for web-based survey, and 40 minutes for optional semi-structured interview

Compensation for participation: Gift card/cheque

This study will take place remotely.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator, Jennifer Phan, by email or phone 604-675-8856