Research Study

Enhancing Participation In the Community by Improving Wheelchair Skills (EPIC WheelS): A Feasibility Study
Principal Investigator 
Bill Miller


Health Conditions 
Difficulty Walking 
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
Oct 15, 2012 to Oct 14, 2016
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Katherine Keetch, Research Associate
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

Many older adults have difficulty walking. A wheelchair can improve their participation but older adults typically receive little wheelchair training. Structured training programs are effective but rely on multiple 1:1 sessions with a skilled clinician. EPIC WheelS combines 2 brief training sessions and a 4-week home training program delivered using a portable computer tablet and monitored by an expert trainer. This study investigates the feasibility and potential for using EPIC WheelS with older adult novice wheelchair users in Vancouver and Winnipeg, measuring the impact on wheelchair skill, safety and confidence compared to a control group receiving only cognitive training.

Hypotheses: The investigators expect that the feasibility outcomes will be sufficiently robust to support conducting a subsequent multi-site RCT. The investigators also expect the EPIC WheelS training program will have a significant treatment effect with improvement in wheelchair mobility, compared to a control group.



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