Objective assessment of mobility of the spinal cord injured in a free-living environment

S. K.M. Wilson, Jon P. Hasler, Philippa M. Dall, Malcolm H. Granat

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to adapt an activity monitor for use on a wheelchair to assess long-term mobility in a free-living environment in the spinal cord injury (SCI) population, and to explore the utility of the data collected. An activity monitor was adapted for use on a wheelchair wheel. The monitor was used to assess, for 1 week, the wheelchair mobility of seven participants with SCI who only used a wheelchair. In conjunction with a second monitor on the thigh the mobility of seven participants with SCI who used a wheelchair and upright mobility, and five healthy non-wheelchair users, were assessed for 1 day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • spinal cord
  • injury
  • mobility

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