Evaluation of occupational engagement while using an activity chair

This UBC Master of Occupational Therapy capstone project aims to understand how the use of an activity chair affects daily living among adults with chronic conditions resulting in pain, fatigue, or low standing endurance. Participants will first decide on an activity to work on using the activity chair and a way to measure their engagement (e.g. frequency, duration), which they will track in 10 activity logs given every 1-2 days. For the first half of the study, participants continue life as usual. For the second half, they are loaned an activity chair to use. At the end, researchers interviewed participants to understand their experience and whether the activity chair affected activity engagement.

Why should you participate in this study?

You may or may not be helped by the activity chair in this study. However, participating will help others understand the application of activity chairs in the future.

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

  • Are an adult with a chronic condition resulting in pain, fatigue, and/or limited endurance with standing
  • Live in the Lower Mainland
  • Are at least 19 years of age or older
  • Understand English and/or Mandarin
  • Are able to walk short distances with or without aids
  • Are able to safely transfer on and off their chair independently

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

  • Exceed the chair’s safety limit of 130 kg (~286 lbs)
  • Are unable to follow safety directions
  • Aren’t able to complete the written self-reporting questionnaire

This study will take place:

  • Remotely (online survey / phone / video call)

Time commitment:

  • 2x 60-minute interviews, 5-10 days of activity chair use

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator Virginia Lefeaux by email at vlefeaux@student.ubc.ca or call (604) 737-6491.